Across the world, the role of grandparents is changing. This book highlights the changing roles, and the consequences of these changes, for both grandchildren and grandparents, by drawing together leading international authorities on grandparenting and intergenerational relations.
The book includes scholarly summaries of research as well as new research findings. It should be an invaluable resource for other scholars and students investigating the role of grandparents today.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.
Foreword 1. Twenty-first century grandparents: global perspectives on changing roles and consequences 2. Global demographic change and grandparenthood 3. Interdisciplinary perspectives on grandparental investment: a journey towards causality 4. Grandparents as substitute parents in the UK 5. Variations in grandfathering: characteristics of involved, passive, and disengaged grandfathers 6. Marital disruption and intergenerational relations among older Finns 7. Grandparenting and adolescent well-being: evidence from the UK and Israel 8. Grandparental involvement and South African adolescents’ emotional and behavioural health: a summary of research findings 9. Do grandparents matter? Intergenerational relationships between the closest grandparents and Malaysian adolescents 10. Outdated assumptions about maternal grandmothers? Gender and lineage in grandparent-grandchild relationships 11. Grandparents’ social identities in cultural context 12. Assessing associations in substance use across three generations: from grandparents to sons and from sons to their children