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Maternal Grandfathers and Child Development in England: Impact on the Early Years

  • Antti O. TanskanenEmail author
  • Mirkka Danielsbacka
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


This chapter uses data from the Millennium Cohort Study to investigate an association between maternal grandfathers’ involvement and child development in the UK. This is one of the first studies to explore whether there is any link between grandfather involvement with younger children and improved development. Grandfathers’ involvement is measured by contact frequencies reported by children’s mothers and child development by Foundation Stage Profile (FSP) reported by teachers. Children whose mothers reported more contacts with maternal grandfathers also had higher FSP scores than children with no contacts. However, daily contacts with maternal grandfathers were not associated with higher scores. Although high-intensity grandfather involvement with young grandchildren may not be associated with improved child development, a lesser amount of contact with grandfathers may improve a child’s cognitive abilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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