Category Archives: Family and Relationships

Older Men as Grandfathers- Maori Grandfathers in Aotearoa

Judith Davey 26/10/16  The book I mentioned in my last blog – Grandfathers: Global Perspectives – is now published and our chapter – Maori Grandfathers in Aotearoa (New Zealand) – sits alongside contributions from Denmark, Finland, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, … Continue reading

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Older Men as Grandfathers – Why are they invisible?

Judith A. Davey 14/11/16 Grandfathers are “peripheral, distant, or have limited involvement with their grandchildren, usually offering only economic and instrumental support”. [1] My interest in older people as grandparents goes back a long way. When the New Zealand Families … Continue reading

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Older people as caregivers – a new report from Massey University

Judith Davey August 2016 Unpaid caring work is an essential part of our society; without it the demands which could be placed on government-provided services – and the taxpayer – would be unsustainable. But such work is undervalued and under … Continue reading

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Families, Ageing and Migration

In earlier blogs I have showed how older people play a variety of social and economic roles within families and are involved in a range of two-way intergenerational exchanges. The social role of older people is often associated with grandparenthood. … Continue reading

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Kinship care – what are the impacts for children and their grandparents?

People from a wider kinship group are frequently called upon to care for children during a family crisis. They are often grandparents, but may also be aunts, uncles and other relatives. We will call them kinship carers, because that term … Continue reading

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Grandparents raising grandchildren – cultural norm or social problem?

“The family” has traditionally been the source of caring and support, especially for its old, young and dependent members. But the extended, or three-generation, family is now much less likely to occupy a single household and its role has been … Continue reading

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Older People – valuable contributors in families

We hear a lot about families caring (or not caring) for their older members. What should their responsibilities be? Do some cultures do it better than others? This is an important topic and important questions, but they concern only one … Continue reading

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