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‘My grandchild has a disability’: Impact on grandparenting identity, roles and relationships

Woodbridge, S., Buys, L., Miller, E,

Academic Literature

2011

This research explores if and how having a grandchild with a disability influences grandparents' sense of identity and enactment of the grandparent role. Using qualitative purposive sampling, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 grandparents of children with an intellectual and/or physical disability residing in Brisbane, Australia. A thematic analysis identified three key themes characterising grandparent's views: formation of grandparenting identity, styles of grandparenting, and role enactment. The results highlight the critical role of grandparents when a child has a disability, illustrating that the grandparenting experience and role enactment may be universal with only the context and delivery varying.

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Journal/Publication : Journal of Aging Studies

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Social relationships

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