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Grandparents and Grandchildren

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Extended family relations; Intergenerational relations

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Relationships between grandparents and grandchildren are a part of intergenerational family relations. According to sex and lineage, there are four possible types of biological grandparents: maternal grandmother, maternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, and paternal grandfather. Moreover, there are several possible nonbiological grandparent–grandchild dyads that are not the topic of this chapter. Interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is typically not only between those two generations but involves the middle generation that is the parents of (grand)children. Especially when grandchildren are small, the parents may act as gatekeepers between grandparents and grandchildren, and, thus, the quality of parent–grandparent relationship is important for the quality of grandparent–grandchild relationship. In evolutionary literature, the grandparent–grandchild relationship is typically studied from the...

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  • Cooperative Breeding
  • Maternal Grandmother
  • Paternal Grandmother
  • Maternal Grandfather
  • Paternal Grandfather

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Danielsbacka, M., Tanskanen, A.O. (2016). Grandparents and Grandchildren. In: Weekes-Shackelford, V., Shackelford, T., Weekes-Shackelford, V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1499-1

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