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In western societies, particularly the United States of America given unstable relationships and relationship breakup between parents, high levels of unstable cohabitation or common-law marriage relationships and divorce, grandparents have increasingly taken on the role of primary caregivers for their grandchildren.
In traditional East Asian culture, filial piety is the top moral under the influence of Confucianism. The grandparents usually exercise its authority on the matter of family and their descendants should care and obey their seniors. This kind of structure gradually eases with the increasing influence of western culture and the increasing number of nuclear families. In Hong Kong, some grandparents live with one of their children and assume the role of parent for grandchildren when grandchildren's parents are out to work all day.
- Kinship terminology
- Grandmother hypothesis
- Grandparent visitation
- Interpersonal relationship and Intimate relationship
References & Bibliography
- For Grandparenting dedicated to raising grandparent consciousness and identity through education, research and networking.
- (USA) National Grandparents Day on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
- Grandparenting support database AARP
- Links to Australian grandparent support groups
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