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In this book Kornhaber and Woodward explore the vital connections that link generations to each other and expose a new social contract that destroys the emotional bonds between grandparents and grandchildren.

This is the first book that reviews, in a careful ethnographic manner, the relationship of grandchildren to grandparents and the place of love at one end and abandonment at the other by grandparents. The authors probe the deep, unexplored emotional histories of hundreds of grandparents: how they feel about themselves, their grandchildren, and their loss of function within today's nuclear family.

With sharp increases in the number of broken families and working mothers, grandparents are more vital than ever and also more available than ever. This basic research document shows how grandparents recover their natural role as elders of the family and of society. The authors' basic premise is that to exist is to be connected, and that no matter how grandparents act, they affect the emotional well-being of their grandchildren, for better or for worse, simply because they exist.

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"In an age when mounting economic and social pressures make it increasingly easier to split a family than to sustain one, the authors alert us to a forgotten source of family strength, the power of grandparents to enrich the lives as a whole. The case studies reported in this volume represent a first effort in an area left unexplored by developmental researchers. There are lessons here for social scientists, but even more for our alienated society."

—Urie Bronfenbrenner, Cornell University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878559947
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1984
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Kornhaber, M.D. is a clinician, medical writer, and researcher, as well as founder of the Foundation for Grandparenting. He has received numerous awards for medical research.

Kenneth L. Woodward, author of Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint, Who Doesn't, and Why, is also a contributing editor at Newsweek. He has won such awards as The National Media Award from the American Psychological Foundation and the National Magazine Award.

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