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Grandparenting in divorced families$
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Neil Ferguson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344984

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344984.001.0001

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Activities with grandparents

Activities with grandparents

(p.33) Four Activities with grandparents
Grandparenting in divorced families

Neil Ferguson

Gillian Douglas

Nigel Lowe

Mervyn Murch

Margaret Robinson

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on grandchildren who have regular face-to-face contact with grandparents and the importance they and their grandparents attach to the grandparent-grandchild relationship. It notes that the interviews seek to discover what happens when grandparents and grandchildren spend time together. It suggests that it is important in accounting for grandparenting diversity to discover whether grandparents' main priorities are their adult children or their grandchildren — in other words, where they might be positioned on the adult-centred/child-centred continuum. It also notes that grandparents' personal styles and their skills in relating to children are determinants of the quality of their relationships with grandchildren and ‘fun-seekers’ are invariably the most popular grandparents.

Keywords:   grandchildren, grandparents, interviews, grandparenting diversity, adult children, grandparent-grandchild relationship, personal styles, activities

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