Association Between Grandparental Co-Residence and Early Childhood Injury in the UK
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.
KeywordsChildren Grandparents Injuries Millennium Cohort Study Three-generational households
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