publication . Article . 2018

Family fortunes: the persisting grandparents effects in contemporary British society

Zhang, Min; Li, Yaojun;
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2018 Journal: Social Science Research, volume 77, pages 179-192 (issn: 0049-089X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract This study examines grandparents' effects on grandchildren in contemporary British society. We begin with grandchildren's occupational aspiration in their adolescent years and move on to assess their educational and class attainment in adulthood. Using the British Household Panel Survey and the UK Household Longitudinal Study, we find persisting grandparental effects in all three domains even after controlling for parents' socio-economic-cultural resources and other demographic and contextual factors. In addition, we find that self-employed grandparents have a strong impact on grandsons' (albeit not on granddaughters') likelihood of engagement in self-e...
free text keywords: Economics, Developmental psychology, Educational attainment, Life chances, Young adult, Longitudinal study, Grandparent, British Household Panel Survey, Life course approach, Social psychology
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