Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.




Grandparent/s is a term denoting the parent/s of a person's mother or father, invoking a relationship across three generations of a family.


The increase in life expectancy in affluent European and New World societies means that children are now likely to have living grandparents into their adult lives, although smaller families mean that grandparents are likely to have fewer grandchildren in their lives (Casper and Bianchi, 2002; Dench and Ogg, 2002). Reference is often made to bean pole families, which stretch across several generations while having few members in any one. Grandparents rarely feature in books in family studies, yet the topic highlights issues of family lineage and assumptions about the nature of family relationships and kinship, within particular families and broader society. Nonetheless, the form ...

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