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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 composition of grandparent childcare: gendered patterns in cross-national perspective

The composition of grandparent childcare: gendered patterns in cross-national perspective

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(p.151) Eight The composition of grandparent childcare: gendered patterns in cross-national perspective
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Grandparenting Practices around the World
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Lyn Craig

Myra Hamilton

Judith E. Brown

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340645.003.0008

Grandparents are important providers of childcare while their adult children participate in work and other activities. The literature suggests that grandmothers are more likely than grandfathers to provide care for their grandchildren, and that the prevalence and intensity of grandparent childcare provision varies by country. But research is lacking on the composition of grandparent childcare time, and whether this varies across countries. What patterns do we see in the gendered distribution of childcare tasks among grandparents? To what extent does this vary across countries with different employment patterns, family policy regimes and norms of familial obligation? Using Time Use Surveys of Australia, Korea, Italy and France this chapter will explore how grandparents are spending their time with grandchildren. It reveals cross-national similarities and differences in the gendered distribution and relative composition of care and discusses the implications for grandmothers and grandfathers in the four different welfare regimes.

Keywords:   Grandparent, Childcare, Time use, Gender, Family policy

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