Global Perspectives

  • Ann Buchanan
  • Anna Rotkirch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ann Buchanan, Anna Rotkirch
      Pages 3-20
    3. David A. Coall, Sonja Hilbrand, Rebecca Sear, Ralph Hertwig
      Pages 21-44
  3. Grandfathers in Their Global Context

  4. Factors Influencing Grandfather Involvement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Briony Horsfall, Deborah Dempsey
      Pages 147-164
    3. Knud Knudsen
      Pages 165-181
    4. Mirkka Danielsbacka, Antti O. Tanskanen
      Pages 183-197
  5. Impact on Grandfathers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Julie Hicks Patrick, Danielle K. Nadorff, Valerie K. Blake
      Pages 201-213
  6. Impact on Grandchildren

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 311-327

About this book


This is the first book to bring together international scholars from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines, to discover what is known about grandfathers and analyse the impact of close involvement with their grandchildren. Within the context of increased divorce rates, single parent families and healthier, more active elders, grandfathers have come out of the shadows and re-invented themselves in a new caring, nurturing role.

These original studies demonstrate that grandfather involvement is independently and positively associated with higher levels of child well-being in the UK and South Africa, as well as in Arab and Israeli teenagers, and pre-school children in England.

The chapters conclude that societies could benefit from encouraging more grandfathers to become actively involved in their grandchildren’s lives and argues the case for grandparent visitation rights in those countries that currently do not have them. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ann Buchanan
    • 1
  • Anna Rotkirch
    • 2
  1. 1.OxfordUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.HeidelbergGermany

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