ERIC Number: ED237922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Grandparenting: Using Pictures To Transform the Group.
Blackwell, David L.; Hunt, Sara Stockard
The importance of the grandparent-grandchild relationship can be used effectively in group work with the aged by using pictures of grandchildren to stimulate personal interaction. Participants are asked to bring pictures of their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or surrogate grandchildren to a two-hour training session on grandparenting. During the session, they share these pictures with the leaders and with other participants. After the sharing, a discussion of grandparenting ensues which focuses on grandparent role models, styles of grandparenting, grandparent "traps," and the significance of grandparenting. Among the benefits of using pictures are: (1) participants are given an opportunity to exhibit pride and bolster self-esteem; (2) participants engage in structured reminiscing; (3) kinship relationships may be discovered; (4) group interaction is facilitated; (5) the group is transformed from a passive to an active group; (6) the group becomes more cohesive; (7) participants receive and give one-on-one attention; and (8) leaders can gain additional insight into individuals. This technique of using pictures or objects to facilitate sharing among group members can be used with any age group. (DC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: PF Project
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Western Gerontological Society (Albuquerque, NM, April 16-20, 1983).