How much contact do Dutch grandparents have with their grandchildren, and how can differences in contact frequency by explained? In the 1992 NESTOR-LSN survey of 'Older adults living arrangements and social networks', a random group of 976 grandparents answered questions on the frequency and content of the contacts with each of their grandchildren. To explain differences in grandparent-grandchild contact frequency, we developed an integrative theoretical framework distinguishing the personal motives to invest in the relationship and the opportunity structure that inhibits or encourages interactions. ...
The Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences
Department of Sociology

Oppelaar, J., & Dykstra, P. (2004). Contacts between grandparents and grandchildren. The Netherlands Journal of Social Sciences, 40(2), 91–113. Retrieved from