Handbook On Grandparenthood

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Based on original contributions from leading scholars, this handbook offers critical reviews of variations in grandparenthood (historical, cultural, race, gender), contingencies (transitions, roles, influence, divorce surrogate parenting, adult grandchildren) and interventions (clinical, policies, programs). It also addresses research trends and needed conceptual and theoretical refinements.

The introduction describes trends in grandparenting research since the middle of this century, and offers a brief synopsis of the book's contents as well as specific suggestions for further research. The first part addresses diversity in grandparenting experiences, including historical and demographic trends, racial and ethnic variations, contextual influences with special emphasis on grandparents in rural and farm environments, and gender differences in grandparents' and grandchildren's experiences. The second part focuses on the dynamics and contingencies of grandparenting. Chapters address transitions in grandparents' lives, grandparents' roles, the impact of grandparenting on grandchildren, and grandparenting under special circumstances, such as divorce and surrogate parenting. The third part deals with interventions in grandparenting. Specific issues addressed are clinical interventions and therapy with extended families, policies concerning grandparents' visitations and grandparents as surrogates parents and programs for grandparents. The book's concluding chapter offers suggestions for future research. The work has an extensive comprehensive bibliography and index. This work will be of interest to professionals and students in gerontology, family studies, social services, ethnic studies, gender studies, and sociology.

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Editorial Reviews

A social science perspective on modern grandparenting, which involves innovations such as travelling lightly across continents to visit, keeping in touch by email, being financially comfortable, and probably living beyond their grandchildren's childhood. Pivoting on the themes of variations in experiences, dynamics and contingencies, and interventions (with grandparents, not by them), considers such aspects as clinical interventions in intergenerational relations, older grandchildren, Asian grandparents, and historical and demographic trends. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313298868
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1998
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

MAXIMILIANE E. SZINOVACZ is Visiting Research Professor of Sociology in the department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University and Dozent at the University of Vienna, Austria.

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Table of Contents

1 Grandparent Research: Past, Present, and Future 1
2 Grandparenthood Over Time: Historical and Demographic Trends 23
3 Grandparenthood in Cross-Cultural Perspective 40
4 Grandparenting in Family Systems: An Ecological Perspective 53
5 Grandparenthood in African American Families 70
6 Grandparenthood among Hispanics 87
7 Asian Grandparents 97
8 Gender Variations 113
9 Transitions in Grandparents' Lives: Effects on the Grandparent Role 131
10 Intergenerational Solidarity and the Grandparent Role 144
11 Grandparents' Influences on Grandchildren 159
12 Grandparents and Older Grandchildren 171
13 Effects of Adult Children's Divorce on Grandparenthood 184
14 Grandparents as Caregivers 200
15 Clinical Interventions in Intergenerational Relations 217
16 Public Policy and Grandparents: Contrasting Perspectives 230
17 Programs for Grandparents 247
18 Research on Grandparenting: Needed Refinements in Concepts, Theories, and Methods 257
Bibliography 289
Author Index 337
Subject Index 349
About the Contributors 359
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