Intergenerational support and the role of grandparents in post-divorce families: Retrospective accounts of young adult grandchildren

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Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to examine grandparent support to grandchildren following the divorce of parents. Participants (N = 42) responded to questions focusing on the enactment of support and relationships with grandparents. Through these retrospective, self-report accounts, six categories of grandparent support were identified. Additionally, four barriers to grandparent support emerged from the responses of the grandchildren. These categories of and barriers to intergenerational social support are discussed as they relate to characteristics and expectations of provided support in post-divorce families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Research Reports in Communication
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

Keywords

  • Divorce
  • Family communication
  • Grandparents
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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