Do Great Grandparents Count as Immediate Family?

by S. Grey

Your immediate family is typically the group of people in your family that is closest to you in blood and relations, such as children, siblings, parents and grandparents, along with their spouses. For your great grandparents, considering them immediate or not lies in your relationship with them.

Great Relations

According to the United States Office of Personnel Management, great grandparents are not typically considered immediate family because they are not your closest relatives. However, if you have a close enough relationship with your great grandparents, the Office of Personnel Management would consider them immediate family. So, even if not by general definition, if you have a strong bond with your great grandparents, you can consider them immediate family by the federal government's standards.

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About the Author

S. Grey has a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also pursuing a PhD and has a love for psychology, comic books and social justice. He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences.

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