ERIC Number: ED197845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Grandparenting Role in Our Changing Society and Its Influence on the Development of Children.
Sonnek, Ida Mae
More people in the United States today are living to grandparenting age than ever before. Yet little is known about grandparenting. Although the research is limited, there seem to be factors that influence the grandparenting role for grandparents, and thus influence children and grandchildren. For example many of these older individuals are maintaining households that are frequently located in areas distant from their children or grandchildren. Older individuals, also, have attained a higher educational level than their predecessors. Furthermore, the life-styles of younger persons (e.g. increased divorce rates, increased employment of women, and teenage pregnancy) may place older individuals in positions which involve roles and responsibilities not ordinarily associated with old age. To date however, there is no indication that the grandparent will be as significant a person in the development of children as the parent. Given the predicted changing complexion of the over-65 population, further research could ensure the utilization of a resource that in the past has been either under-utilized or unrecognized. Essentially, grandparents could add another dimension in the development of young children. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (San Francisco, CA, November 21-24, 1980).