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Results of EU wide research on grandparents which aims to:
To investigate patterns of grandparent health and wellbeing and their relationship to socio-economic, demographic and caring roles (both for children and adults).
To examine how cumulative advantage/disadvantage across the life course (e.g. in terms of childhood, work, partnership, health and/or housing trajectories), in addition to socio-economic and demographic characteristics, is associated with grandparent health and wellbeing. (value of life histories from age 16)
To investigate how variations over time in grandparent childcare, and other socio-economic and demographic factors affect grandparents’ own health and wellbeing. We will examine how socio-economic status at each wave interacts with grandparent childcare to affect grandparents’ own health and wellbeing.
For example, does grandparent childcare have a deleterious effect on health and wellbeing but only for those in the most vulnerable groups and at the highest care intensities?
Does grandparental involvement at lower intensities have a beneficial impact on health and wellbeing?