Funder(s)

National Institute on Aging

Funding ID

grant # 1P30AG066583

Description/Abstract

Grandparents play a vital role in providing care for their grandchildren in the United States. However, long-term sociodemographic changes, including lower fertility rates and changes in employment and technology, along with massive upheavals prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic are changing grandparenting in important ways. This research brief describes these long-term sociodemographic changes and uses in-depth interviews conducted before the pandemic to illustrate nine specific ways grandparenting is shifting in the U.S. It concludes by calling for more supportive social welfare programs to support working families and reduce the reliance on grandparents for meeting childcare and financial needs.

Document Type

Research Brief

Keywords

Grandparenting, COVID-19, Older Adults

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

Date

5-17-2022

Language

English

Acknowledgements

The author is an affiliate of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, which receives funding from the National Institute on Aging (grant # 1P30AG066583). The author thanks Shannon Monnat, Lauren Mussig, and Alexandra Punch for edits on an earlier version of this brief.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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