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The role of fertility in the demography of grandparenthood: evidence from Italy

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dc.contributor.author Di Gessa, Giorgio
dc.contributor.author Bordone, Valeria
dc.contributor.author Arpino, Bruno
dc.date.accessioned 2023-05-19T06:07:48Z
dc.date.available 2023-05-19T06:07:48Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Di Gessa G, Bordone V, Arpino B. The role of fertility in the demography of grandparenthood: evidence from Italy. J Popul Ageing. 2022;15(2):453-71. DOI: 10.1007/s12062-020-09310-6
dc.identifier.issn 1874-7884
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/56904
dc.description.abstract Grandparents play an important role in their family’s lives. However, little is known about the demography of grandparenthood. Given dramatic recent changes in fertility, we explore the role of number of children and age at first birth in the timing of the transition into grandparenthood focusing on Italy, a country with well-known North-South fertility differentials. We used data from the 2009 Italian Survey ‘Family and Social Relations’ (N = 10,186) to estimate median ages of grandparenthood across three birth cohorts of parents (1920–29; 1930–39; 1940–49). Findings show an overall postponement of age of grandparenthood of 5 years, shifting for women from early to mid- or late-50s (in the South and North, respectively). Such postponement is largely driven by family compositional changes: although the age of grandparenthood among mothers of three or more children has not changed much over cohorts, the percentage of mothers with such characteristic decreased significantly. The heterogeneity in experiencing the transition to grandparenthood has implications for intergenerational transfers and other roles in later life.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Population Ageing. 2022;15(2):453-71.
dc.relation.isreferencedby https://www.istat.it/it/archivio/5725
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dc.title The role of fertility in the demography of grandparenthood: evidence from Italy
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12062-020-09310-6
dc.subject.keyword Transition to grandparenthood
dc.subject.keyword Fertility profile
dc.subject.keyword Median age at grandparenthood
dc.subject.keyword Number of children
dc.subject.keyword Age at first birth
dc.subject.keyword Becoming a grandparent
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