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Table 2 Availability of family members and friends of grandparents aged 60 years or more

From: Associations of family and social contact with health among Italian grandparents

   Grandmothers (%) Grandfathers (%) Total (%)
Having grandchildren: 1 grandchild 919 (19.9%) 761 (23.3%) 1680 (21.3%)
2 grandchildren 1135 (24.5%) 838 (25.7%) 1973 (25.0%)
3 grandchildren or more 2570 (55.6%) 1664 (51.0%) 4234 (53.7%)
Having children: no children alive 15 (0.3%) 1 (0.0%) 16 (0.2%)
1–2 children 2802 (60.6%) 2017 (61.8%) 4819 (61.1%)
3 children or more 1807 (39.1%) 1245 (38.2%) 3052 (38.7%)
Having siblings alive 3623 (78.4%) 2676 (82.0%) 6299 (79.9%)
Having friends 1898 (41.1%) 1519 (46.6%) 3417 (43.3%)
Having someone living nearby they can count on 2307 (49.9%) 1593 (48.8%) 3900 (49.5%)
Sample size N = 4624 N = 3263 N = 7887
  1. Source: ISTAT Famiglie e Soggetti Sociali 2009