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Experiences of Grandparenting Disabled Children in the UK: A Qualitative Study of Intergenerational Relationships

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Suzanne Moffatt, Professor Lindsay Pennington


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© 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis. Contemporary patterns of family, work, and welfare make the experience of grandparenting complex and diverse. This UK-based qualitative study aimed to explore grandparenting in the context of childhood disability. Nine grandparents (aged 59–79 years) with disabled and non-disabled grandchildren took part in semi-structured interviews. Grandparents provided extensive instrumental and emotional care and support and sought a balance between involvement versus interfering. Grandparents actively drew on life experiences to engage with services to maximize support. Contemplating the future, grandparents had concerns for adult children as well as grandchildren. Developing policies to support grandparents of disabled grandchildren are urgently required.

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Author(s): Moffatt S, Tse Laurence M, Pennington L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Intergenerational Relationships

Year: 2019

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

Pages: 58-73

Print publication date: 01/01/2019

Online publication date: 16/12/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 1535-0770

ISSN (electronic): 1535-0932

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/15350770.2018.1500331


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