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Grandparenting Practices around the World$
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Virpi Timonen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340645

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.001.0001

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The demography of grandparenthood in 16 European countries and two North American countries

The demography of grandparenthood in 16 European countries and two North American countries

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(p.23) Two The demography of grandparenthood in 16 European countries and two North American countries
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Grandparenting Practices around the World
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Rachel Margolis

Bruno Arpino

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.003.0002

Intergenerational relationships between grandparents and grandchildren can offer tremendous benefits to family members of each generation. The demography of grandparenthood – the timing, length and population characteristics – shape the extent to which young children have grandparents available, how many grandparents are alive, and the duration of overlap with grandparents. In this chapter, we examine how the demography of grandparenthood varies across 16 countries in Europe and two countries in North America, and why it is changing. Next, we examine variation in two key determinants of intergenerational relationships – the labour force participation and health of grandparents. Last, we comment on some important changes in the demography of grandparenthood that may come in the future.

Keywords:   Grandparenthood, Ageing, Intergenerational relationships, Demography

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