Grandparenting Roles and Functions

  • Vivian W. Q. LouEmail author
  • Iris Chi
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 47)


The role of the grandparent is a culturally relevant phenomenon, and reviews have called for more studies amongst diverse populations (Thiele and Whelan 2006). Because Western literature is based on a cultural tradition that emphasises individual autonomy and choice, it is interesting to explore grandparenting roles in cultural traditions that accentuate family harmony and collective well-being. Asian societies share a cultural tradition focused on intergenerational exchange, family filial responsibility and the social expectation that grandparents will be involved raising the grandchildren (van Willigen and Lewis 2006).


Adult Child Cultural Tradition Filial Piety Asian Society Normative Expectation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Work & Social Administration, Sau Po Centre on AgeingThe University of Hong KongHong KongPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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