Non-custodial grandparent caregiving in Chinese families: Implications for family dynamics

Man Cynthia Leung, Barbara Fung

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to understand the needs and experiences of Chinese families where grandparents were involved in the non-custodial care of their grandchildren. Design/methodology/approach: In total five grandparent focus groups and three parent focus groups were conducted. The data were analysed using the constant comparative method. Findings: Though most grandparents enjoyed their grandparent roles, there were differences in the perception of the grandparent role between grandparents and parents. Both grandparents and parents reported intergenerational conflicts on the management of the grandchildren, which was distressing for both parties. Practical implications: It was suggested that grandparent training programmes might be a viable strategy to support families. Originality/value: The study provided insights into family dynamics in the context of grandparent caregiving, child development, as well as children's services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-318
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Children's Services
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Child behaviour
  • Child development
  • Chinese
  • Family
  • Grandparents
  • Parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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