Association Between Grandparental Co-Residence and Early Childhood Injury in the UK

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In contemporary Western societies, accidents and injuries are the most common cause of death in early childhood. This makes them a major social and health policy issue and an important child well-being indicator. Here we compared the risk of home injuries between children who co-reside in three-generational households with grandparents and children who do not co-reside with grandparents. Moreover, we investigate whether grandparental presence is associated with decreased injuries in different risk situations, measured by family- and child-related factors. Using the British Millennium Cohort Study (n = 12,319 children between the ages of 9 months and 3 years), we found that children who co-reside with grandparents had a lower probability of home injuries than children who do not co-reside with grandparents. In addition, grandparental co-residence was associated with a decreased risk of injuries more strongly in boys than girls. The results are discussed with reference to older adults’ beneficial role of supporting their offspring.

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This study is part of the Generational Transmissions in Finland project funded by the Academy of Finland (grant no. 250620).

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Tanskanen, A.O., Danielsbacka, M. Association Between Grandparental Co-Residence and Early Childhood Injury in the UK. Child Ind Res 10, 825–837 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12187-016-9411-1

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Grandparents
  • Injuries
  • Millennium Cohort Study
  • Three-generational households