Disrupted and denied contact with grandchildren: "I think it's a form of abuse"

Gair, Susan (2015) Disrupted and denied contact with grandchildren: "I think it's a form of abuse". In: Jagielska, Katarzyna, Lukasik, Joanna Malgorzala, and Pikula, Norbert, (eds.) Violence Against the Elderly: challenges-research-action. European Association of Schools of Social Work, Toronto, Canada, pp. 93-106.

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Recent literature suggests an increased incidence of grandparents raising their grandchildren. Much less evident is literature highlighting the experiences of grandparents with disrupted, denied or lost contact with their grandchildren. In the qualitative, exploratory study discussed here, the lived experiences of 21 Australian grandparents were documented. While general findings are reported elsewhere, grandparents' narratives of denied contact, often after they took action to safeguard their grandchildren, are shared here. The findings identify emotional and psychological abuse of grandparents. Many grandparents in this study spoke of denied contact as very distressing, while others identified it as abuse and a denial of human rights. These findings can inform social work education and practice, social policy and future research concerned with safeguarding the health and wellbeing of grandparents.

Item ID: 43639
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-9950471-0-5
Keywords: grandparents, denied contact, elder abuse, grandchildren, social work
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The book was prepared within the project "Unheard Voices: Developing the East Central European Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse" founded by European Association of Schools of Social Work: EASSW.

Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 01:46
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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