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Grandparents fill in parenting gaps in Nigeria, CARTA fellow says

CARTA cohort 6 fellow Macellina Yinyinade Ijadunola will today, 31 October, make an oral presentation at the 28th IUSSP International Population Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference began on 28 October and ends on 4 November, 2017.

The conference takes place once every four years and brings together over 2,000 scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the global population community to take stock of recent research on population trends.

“I will be presenting in a session on ‘Ageing: grandparents and grandchildren’, scheduled to take place on the Tuesday, 31 October 2017 at 1:30pm at the Cape Town International Convention Centre,” she said.

Her presentation will discuss grandparental influence in family structure and schooling of adolescents in Ile-Ife, a town in South-West Nigeria. Apart from their roles as family historians, grandparents have increasingly begun to fill the “parenting gaps” left by their children. Her findings show that this trend is attributed to the increasing number of skipped generation households i.e households headed by grandparents in the absence of biological parents of their grandchildren.

The cross-sectional study involves 408 secondary school adolescents (10-19 years) using facilitated self-administered questionnaires to gather information about students’ socio-demographics, type of family structure, and schools’ academic performance.

Edited by Eunice Kilonzo, CARTA communications officer.

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