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.
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults – Emerald 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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