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Family relations and health inequalities: grandparents and grandchildren

Bordone, Valeria; Di Gessa, Giorgio; Hank, Karsten; (2023) Family relations and health inequalities: grandparents and grandchildren. In: Hoffmann, Rasmus, (ed.) Handbook of Health Inequalities Across the Life Course. (pp. 188-202). Edward Elgar Publishing Green open access

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Abstract

A plethora of studies provide evidence of family relationships’ key role in individuals’ well-being across the entire life course and particularly at older ages. When discussing the relationship between health inequalities and family relations, the present chapter thus places a particular emphasis on grandparents and grandchildren. After briefly reviewing the link between adult parent–child relationship qualities and health inequalities (Section 2), we then take the grandparents’ perspective (Section 3) to discuss, first, the effects of grandparenthood (that is, the transition into a new social and family role in later life and the status of being a grandparent) and, second, the effects of active grandparenting (such as the provision of grandchild care) on grandparents’ well-being. We then complement the grandparents’ perspective by assessing research on health inequalities in grandchildren (Section 4). The chapter concludes with policy recommendations and perspectives for future research (Section 5).

Type: Book chapter
Title: Family relations and health inequalities: grandparents and grandchildren
ISBN: 1800888155
ISBN-13: 9781800888159
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4337/9781800888166
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800888166.00021
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: health inequalities, grandparents, grandchildren, family relations, life course
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/10169081
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