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date: 23 February 2017

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Little attention has been paid to the role of grandparents, yet this intergenerational family role has shifted both inside and outside of the family. Social policies have pushed it into public debate on the rights of grandparents. Although traditional characteristics remain, new contemporary aspects of the role have emerged. This entry provides content on the significant factors that prompted the diversity in grandparenting and its social construction by adult children, grandchildren, and society.

Keywords: intergenerational relationships, family role, parenting the parents, grandparents, elderly, grandfather, grandmother, grandchildren, grandson, granddaughter

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