Grandfathers pp 285-309 | Cite as

Conclusions: What Have We Learnt?

  • Anna Rotkirch
  • Ann BuchananEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


Although most grandfathers, across both history and societies, have shown an interest in their grandchildren, today we appear to be witnessing a major change from the stern patriarch towards a more nurturing, caring figure. This chapter discusses the extent of grandfather involvement, changing cultural factors in relation to the role of the grandfather, and the association between grandfather involvement and grandfathers’ own health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of their grandchildren. It considers why some grandfathers are not involved and the impact of conflict and divorce in either generation, as well as situations that pose risk to children. Finally, it looks at the societal barriers to grandfather involvement and the challenges presented by the legal systems in many countries.


Grandfathers Grandfather involvement Child well-being Grandfather well-being Family policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Population Research InstituteVäestöliittoFinland
  2. 2.Department of Social Policy and InterventionUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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