ERIC Number: ED238545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Redefining the Grandparent Role. Office of Parent Development International Research and Development Reports.
Strom, Robert; Strom, Shirley
There is considerable evidence that older people are interested in self-improvement, especially as it affects their status within the family. However, grandparents have been replaced by an array of professional advisors and surrogates. Their loss of obligation has left them with an ambiguous role. Families do a disservice to grandparents by alleging their importance and then failing to use their talents. "Exploring the Grandparent Role," a program designed to support grandparents, consists of 10 weekly sessions for men and women of various ages, ethnic backgrounds, and income levels. Program curriculum components include (1) sharing feelings and ideas, (2) asking better questions, (3) improving storytelling, (4) self-evaluation, and (5) volunteer service. The curriculum also examines customary grandparenting practices that need revision as well as new functions yet to be accepted. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Coll. of Education.