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ERIC Number: EJ764998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Grandparent--Grandchild Ties: Reflections on Continuity and Change across Three Generations
Kemp, Candace L.
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n7 p855-881 2007
Within the context of social, demographic, and historical change and informed by a life course perspective, this article examines patterns of relating between grandparents and grandchildren within families across and within generations. Using qualitative data from a study of 10 multigenerational families (N = 86), the analysis assesses continuity and change in grandparent-grandchild ties across three generations of adults. Although findings reveal change in social and family circumstances over time, half the families experienced considerable continuity in grandparent-grandchild ties and whether close or distant, were characterized by distinct "grand cultures." In the remaining families, different configurations of individual, family-related, and social factors led to intra- and intergenerational variations. Divorce and remarriage influenced grandparent-grandchild relationships in most families, yielding highly variable outcomes. Ultimately, the study families' experiences demonstrate how social, historical, familial, and individual circumstances merge to influence grandparent-grandchild ties, producing behaviors ranging from loving and supportive to indifferent and abusive. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada