'My grandchild has a disability' : impact on grandparenting identity, roles and relationships

Woodbridge, Sandra, Buys, Laurie, & Miller, Evonne (2011) 'My grandchild has a disability' : impact on grandparenting identity, roles and relationships. Journal of Aging Studies, 25(4), pp. 355-363.

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Being a grandparent is an important and valued role for many older adults, who often have strong views about the type of grandparent they will be and what they will teach their grandchild. When their grandchild has a disability, grandparents may have to significantly adjust their expectations and interactions. 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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ID Code: 47425
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Grandparenthood, Intergenerational relationships, Disability, Grandparent Identity, Grandparent Role
DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2011.01.002
ISSN: 0890-4065
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Journal of Aging Studies>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Aging Studies, [VOL 25, ISSUE 4, (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2011.01.002.
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2011 23:07
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2011 23:08

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