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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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Communicating in divorced families

Communicating in divorced families

(p.79) Eight Communicating in divorced families
Grandparenting in divorced families

Neil Ferguson

Gillian Douglas

Nigel Lowe

Mervyn Murch

Margaret Robinson

Policy Press

This chapter explores how, and to what extent, the three generations in the group of divorced families communicated with each other about marriage breakdown and its consequences. It looks at the way that parents warned their own parents about their impending separation, and then investigates what the grandchildren told their mothers, fathers, and grandparents about their relationships with the ‘other side’ of their divided families. It also investigates whether or not children are used as conduits for the flow of information between the two sides of the divorced family.

Keywords:   communicating, divorced families, marriage breakdown, parents, grandchildren, grandparents

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