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Table 3 Reasons for the declining prevalence of grandparents by age, sex and year

From: Grandparents in Italy: trends and changes in the demography of grandparenthood from 1998 to 2016

  Grandparents gap in % (2016–1998) Decline prevalence in grandparenthood due to:
Increased childlessness (%) Increased children childless (%) Total (%)
Grandfathers     
 50–54 − 4.2* 293 − 193 100
 55–59 − 7.0* 108 − 8 100
 60–64 − 11.6* 13 87 100
 65–69 − 7.7* 15 85 100
 70–74 − 13.0* 11 89 100
Grandmothers     
 50–54 − 8.6* 73 27 100
 55–59 − 10.2* 48 52 100
 60–64 − 9.9* 12 88 100
 65–69 − 2.4 − 167 267 100
 70–74 − 1.3 − 395 495 100
  1. Source: Famiglie e Soggetti Sociali, ISTAT
  2. *p < .05 test for differences 1998–2016