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Relaties met grootouders en het welzijn van kleinkinderen na echtscheiding

Authors: Maaike Jappens orcid logo , Jan Van Bavel orcid logo

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    Relaties met grootouders en het welzijn van kleinkinderen na echtscheiding

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Abstract

Grandparents are often considered as providing important resources in times of family crisis. Little is known, however, about the influence of grandparents on the well-being of grandchildren after parental divorce. Guided by the family systems theory, this article investigates the association between the quality of relationships with grandparents and grandchildren’s subjective well-being. Using data from the study ‘Divorce in Flanders’, we compare 650 grandchildren with divorced and 276 with married parents regarding three indicators of subjective well-being (life satisfaction, self-esteem and anxiety) and also examine variation within the group with divorced parents. Results show that the strength of grandchild-grandparent relationships is positively associated with grandchildren’s subjective well-being. Compared to children with married parents, having a close relationship with a grandparent is even more related to the well-being of grandchildren whose parents are divorced. Moreover, for grandchildren who experience frequent conflicts between their divorced parents, having a good grandparent relationship is most strongly linked to their well-being.

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Jappens, M. & Van Bavel, J., (2017) “Relaties met grootouders en het welzijn van kleinkinderen na echtscheiding”, Sociologos 38(3), 248–272. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/sociologos.86948

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20 May 2017
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