Working With Custodial Grandparents

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Moving beyond simply describing the differences between custodial and noncustodial grandparents, this volume places helping efforts with grandparents in theoretical, empirical, and pragmatic contexts. Stressing the importance of theoretically grounded interventions and empirically-based studies for the design, implementation, and funding of programs, the chapters define an "action-oriented" approach toward changing the lives of grandparents and their grandchildren. Topics include: In what ways do support groups help; Caring for children with developmental disabilities; Predictors of psychological distress; Building parenting skills; and Strategies for solving everyday problems, among others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826116840
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert Hayslip, Jr., PhD, received his doctorate in Experimental Developmental Psychology from the University of Akron in 1975. After teaching at Hood College in Frederick, MD for three years, he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas, where he is now Regents Professor of Psychology. Dr. Hayslip is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and has held research grants from the National Institute on Aging, The Hilgenfeld Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His published research deals with cognitive processes in aging, interventions to enhance cognitive functioning in later life, personality-ability interrelationships in aged persons, grandparents who raise their grandchildren, grief and bereavement, hospice care, death anxiety, and mental health and aging.

Julie Hicks Patrick, PhD, received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology/Applied Cognitive Aging from The University of Akron (Ohio). She has held appointments as Project Director for three federal grants related to family caregiving in Cleveland, Ohio, and Peoria, Illinois (Bradley University). In 1998, she joined the faculty at West Virginia University as an Assistant Professor in Life Span Psychology. Dr. Patrick's research includes questions in social cognition, family caregiving, and successful aging. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of aging and cognition.

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Table of Contents

  1. Foreword, D. Burnette
    Part I: Theoretical Perspectives on Custodial Grandparents
  2. Custodial Grandparenting Viewed from within a Lifespan Perspective, B. Hayslip, Jr. and J.H. Patrick
  3. Intervention Strategies for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Lessons Learned from the Caregiving Literature, K.A. Roberto and S.H. Qualls
  4. Links Between Custodial Grandparents and the Psychological Adaptation of Grandchildren, S. Keller and G. Stricker
  5. An Integrative Assessment Model as a Means of Intervention with the Grandparent Caregiver, F. Conway and G. Stricker
  6. Through My Eyes: Service Needs of Grandparents who Raise their Grandchildren Caregiver, A.H. Baird

  7. Part II: Empirical Studies of Helping Efforts with Grandparent Caregivers
  8. How Caregiving Grandparents View Support Groups: An Exploratory Study, G.C. Smith
  9. Grandparent Caregivers to Children with Developmental Disabilities, J.M. Kinney, K.B. McGrew, and I.M. Nelson
  10. Why Support Groups Help: Successful Interventions for Grandparent Caregivers, S.R. Kolomer, P. McCallion, and J. Overeynder
  11. Predictors of Psychological Distress in Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Development of an Empirically-Based Intervention Model, S.J. Kelley and D.M. Whitley
  12. A Stress and Coping Model of Custodial Grandparenting among African Americans, M. Crowhter and R. Rodriguez
  13. The Impact of A Psychosocial Intervention on Parental Efficacy, Grandchild Relationship Quality, and Well-Being Among Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, B. Hayslip Jr.

  14. Part III: The Pragmatics of Working with Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren
  15. Grandparents Who are Parenting Again: Building Parenting Skills, C.W. Kern
  16. Group Processes among Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, E.C. Wohl, J. Lahner, and J. Jooste
  17. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Guidelines for Family Life Educators and other Family Professionals, M.L. Dolbin and D.B. Targ
  18. Behavioral Content of Grandmother-Grandchild Dyadic Interactions, J.H. Patrick and J. Pickard
  19. Lessons Learned from Custodial Grandparents involved in a Community Support Group, K. Kopera-Frye, R.C. Wiscott, and A. Begovic
  20. Strategies for Solving Everyday Problems Faced by Grandparents: The Role of Experience, J. Strough, J.H. Patrick, and L.M. Swenson

  21. Epilogue: The Next Stage in Helping Custodial Grandparents, J.H.Patrick and B. Hayslip Jr.
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