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skipped generation family

Definition of Skipped Generation Family

(noun) A family in which grandparents raise grandchildren due to the absence of parents.

Example of Skipped Generation Family

Skipped Generation Family Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: skipped gen·er·a·tion fam·i·ly

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /skIpt jen-uhr-rAY-shuhn fAm-lee/
  • British English – /skIpt je-nuh-rAY-shuhn fAm-uh-lee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /skɪpt ˌʤɛnəˈreɪʃən ˈfæməli/
  • British English – /skɪpt ˌʤɛnəˈreɪʃən ˈfæmɪli/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: skipped generation families
  • The parent’s absence can occur for many reasons, including death or incarceration. Additionally, the grandparents could have taken the grandchildren in because of abuse and neglect. Often, the alternative to a skipped generation family is foster care.
  • Variant spelling: skipped-generation family
  • Also called:
    • grand family (grand-family, grandfamily)
    • grandparents as parents (GAP)
    • grandparents raising grandchildren (GRG)
    • skip generation family (skip-generation family)
    • skipped generation household (skipped-generation household)

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Cite the Definition of Skipped Generation Family

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “skipped generation family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/skipped-generation-family/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

skipped generation family. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/skipped-generation-family/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “skipped generation family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/skipped-generation-family/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“skipped generation family.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/skipped-generation-family/>.