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Grandparenting in Europe: Family policy and grandparenting in providing childcare: Summary

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGrandparents Plus
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978095732129
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


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This study examines international data from European countries on grandparenting from SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe), ELSA (the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing), censuses and other data sources in addition to mapping data on parental and grandparental policies for leave and flexible work, family support from the state in the form of childcare and family benefits, retirement and adult care policies, and labour market, childcare and family cultures and structures, to address the following questions:
1. How do the living arrangements of grandparents vary within and across European countries, and how have they changed over time?
2. How do the characteristics of grandparents vary across Europe in terms of age, living arrangements, socio-economic status, education, marital status, participation in paid work, retirement status and health?
3. How does the level of involvement of grandparents with their grandchildren vary across Europe in terms of contact, help and care? What characteristics of grandparents help to explain the diversity of arrangements?
4. How do family policies vary, and how are these variations in policy related to observed diversity in the levels of involvement of grandparents with their grandchildren?

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