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Grandparenting in divorced families$
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Neil Ferguson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344984

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344984.001.0001

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Excluded grandparents

Excluded grandparents

Chapter:
(p.121) Eleven Excluded grandparents
Source:
Grandparenting in divorced families
Author(s):

Neil Ferguson

Gillian Douglas

Nigel Lowe

Mervyn Murch

Margaret Robinson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344984.003.0011

This chapter discusses the minority of cases in our study in which the grandchild-grandparent relationship is seriously disrupted after parental divorce. It notes that such cases can be seen as lying at the extreme end of the third continuum. It shows the extent to which grandparents took sides after the break-up, and assumed attitudes and behaviour reflecting what they saw as the ‘rights and wrongs’ of their divorced child's situation. It also draws on interviews with members of the Grandparents' Association, the leading support and pressure group for grandparents. It turns first to the grandparents in the Cardiff study who could be described as ‘excluded’.

Keywords:   grandchild-grandparent relationship, parental divorce, break-up, pressure group, Grandparents' Association, Cardiff study, excluded grandparents

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