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Grandmothers are an extremely diverse group. Although more than 75 percent of Americans over age 65 are grandparents, some people become grandparents at age 30. About half of women experience this event by age 47, and some spend half of their lives as grandmothers. Grandmothers report greater overall satisfaction with grandparenting than grandfathers do, and this is particularly true for maternal grandmothers. Worldwide, grandmothers provide care and support for their grandchildren and, increasingly, are serving as their surrogate parents.

Factors Influencing Grandmother-Grandchild Involvement

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