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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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Grandparenting in divorced families: rights and policies

Grandparenting in divorced families: rights and policies

(p.71) Seven Grandparenting in divorced families: rights and policies
Grandparenting in divorced families

Neil Ferguson

Gillian Douglas

Nigel Lowe

Mervyn Murch

Margaret Robinson

Policy Press

This chapter investigates grandparenting that took place in a broad range of family circumstances and does not have a particular focus on families in conflict. It explores the feelings of a small number of grandparents who are deprived of contact and comments on their strategies for coping with the problem. It notes that Cherlin and Furstenberg (1992), borrowing a phrase from Troll, describe grandparents as the ‘family watchdogs’. It further notes that these authors explain that the extended family comes into its own at times of crisis and not at times of ‘health and prosperity’.

Keywords:   grandparenting, conflict, coping, Cherlin, Troll, extended family, health

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