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Title: Grandparents with Little or No Contact with Grandchildren: Impact on Grandparents
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid ; Rofail, Maged (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.4172/2329-8847.1000117
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Abstract: The purpose of this study is, through the voices of grandparents, to share the impact on grandparent wellbeing of having little or no contact with grandchildren. We use a constructivist interpretivist approach to interview grandparents to obtain their narratives. Our grandparents told us stories about their feelings of ambivalence towards their children and the lack of agency they experience. They share the impact of this on their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Grandparents' voices are missing from the literature in relation to this issue and this study uses current theory relating to grandparent identity and wellbeing to examine the data. Given the difficulties in enacting mandated family counselling, community workers need to be aware of those grandparents whose relationships with grandchildren are at risk and attempt preventative interventions. Increasing numbers of adults are experiencing grand parenting and as their wellbeing is to some extent liked to their ability to perform 'grand parenting' successfully, it is important that practitioners understand the support needs of grandparents and prioritise time to prevent grandparent estrangement from their grandchildren. This study is the first to attempt to share the experiences of grandparents experiencing this estrangement in Australia.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Aging Science, 2(1), p. 1-7
Publisher: OMICS Publishing Group
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 2329-8847
Field of Research (FOR): 160301 Family and Household Studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 940112 Families and Family Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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