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Grandparenting in Europe. The health and wellbeing of grandparents caring for grandchildren: The role of cumulative advantage/disadvantage

Glaser, K; Di Gessa, G; Tinker, A; (2014) Grandparenting in Europe. The health and wellbeing of grandparents caring for grandchildren: The role of cumulative advantage/disadvantage. (1st ed.). Grandparents Plus: London, UK. Green open access

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Our project focuses on a previously neglected area of research: how does providing care for grandchildren impact on the health and wellbeing of grandparents? Promoting the health and wellbeing of older people is a critical policy imperative as the population ages, while social, economic and demographic changes across Europe and the U.S. point to an increasing role for grandparents in providing childcare support to families (Casper and Bryson, 1998, Gray, 2005). Despite competing pressures on older workers to remain in the workforce for longer as state pensions are delayed and to provide care to frail spouses, there are additional pressures on grandparents to provide childcare. This is thought to be due to policies encouraging more mothers into the paid workforce, increases in rates of family breakdown and single motherhood, and financial pressures on families (Aassve et al., 2012, Herlofson and Hagestad, 2012). This vital economic and social role is largely overlooked or taken for granted by policymakers, and the health impacts on older people of taking on these childcare roles are not known.

Type: Book
Title: Grandparenting in Europe. The health and wellbeing of grandparents caring for grandchildren: The role of cumulative advantage/disadvantage
ISBN-13: 978-0-9573281-7-4
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10070201
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