Older people as grandparents: how public policy needs to broaden its view of older people and the role they play within families

Older people as grandparents: how public policy needs to broaden its view of older people and the... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a new perspective on the importance of grandparenting relationships and to highlight the continuing importance of intergenerational exchange across the life course. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on research from diverse fields including child welfare, gerontology and demography and journalistic sources, presenting an evidenced argument of the importance of grandparenting in contemporary families. Findings – The paper argues that the role of grandparents in family life is becoming more important as a result of demographic changes, and that grandparents offer a huge resource to families. Older people generally find their role as grandparents rewarding and that this contributes to wellbeing and reduced risk of loneliness. Originality/value – The paper provides a new perspective on the role of older people as grandparents. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality in Ageing and Older Adults Emerald Publishing

Older people as grandparents: how public policy needs to broaden its view of older people and the role they play within families

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Volume 13 (4): 7 – Nov 30, 2012

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1471-7794
DOI
10.1108/14717791211286922
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a new perspective on the importance of grandparenting relationships and to highlight the continuing importance of intergenerational exchange across the life course. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on research from diverse fields including child welfare, gerontology and demography and journalistic sources, presenting an evidenced argument of the importance of grandparenting in contemporary families. Findings – The paper argues that the role of grandparents in family life is becoming more important as a result of demographic changes, and that grandparents offer a huge resource to families. Older people generally find their role as grandparents rewarding and that this contributes to wellbeing and reduced risk of loneliness. Originality/value – The paper provides a new perspective on the role of older people as grandparents.

Journal

Quality in Ageing and Older AdultsEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 30, 2012

Keywords: Grandparents; Grandchildren; Child care; Family; Employment; Wellbeing; Informal care; Intergenerational exchange; Welfare reform; Public policy; Family roles; United Kingdom; Quality of life; Family life; Elderly people

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