Parental divorce and contacts between grandparents and grandchildren

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    Parental Divorce and Contacts Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

    Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, and vice versa. Rising divorce rates however raise concerns about the impact on family ties. We use data from the multi-actor survey "Divorce in Flanders" to investigate the association between a divorce in the parent-generation and contacts between grandparents and grandchildren. DiF interviewed divorced and married anchor respondents as well as a selected child and a parent and provides us with a sample of more than 1600 grandparents.
    Analyses using data from the children of the anchors already showed that, compared to children whose parents are still married, children of divorced parents have less frequent contact with their grandparents, and especially paternal grandparents. The living arrangement of grandchildren seems to play a decisive role in this. In this paper, we will investigate the grandparents' side of view. Using grandparent-data allows us to account for different characteristics that may play a role in the availability and motives of grandparents for contacts with their grandchildren. Besides, merging this information with data provided by the anchor respondents themselves allows us to also control for several characteristics of the parent and the grandchild, and for the living arrangement of the child after the parental divorce.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Family Forms Following Family Dissolution
    Subtitle of host publicationConsequences in/on Postmodern Society
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2012
    EventSeminar of the Committee on Family Research 2012 - Leuven, Belgium
    Duration: 12 Sep 201214 Sep 2012


    SeminarSeminar of the Committee on Family Research 2012
    Abbreviated titleCFR 2012
    OtherNew Family Forms Following Family Dissolution: Consequences in/on Postmodern Society


    • divorce
    • flanders
    • grandparents


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