ERIC Number: ED304621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
The Developmental Tasks of Adjustment to Stepgrandparenting.
Henry, Carolyn S.; Ceglian, Cindi Penor
Over the past few decades, the complex nature of transitions into stepfamilies has been the focus of considerable attention. Previous scholars have established developmental tasks for remarriage, stepfamilies, and stepsibling relations. A parallel, but unique, set of developmental stages and tasks for the adjustment to stepgrandparenting occur. These adjustments to stepgrandparenting include: (1) accepting the losses; (2) accepting the adult child's single status; (3) accepting the adult child's entrance into a new relationship; and (4) establishing new relationships within the stepfamily context. These tasks and stages of adjustment to stepgrandparenting imply that the transition to stepgrandparenting is a process rather than an event. This process begins with a loss, continues through adaptation to the adult child's single parent family, and the adjustment to stepgrandparenthood. Results also imply that the transition to stepgrandparenthood is rarely a choice by grandparents. Grandparents can be involved in enhancing adjustment. The most important implication is that the unique developmental stages and qualities of stepfamilies need to be understood by extended family members as well as the stepfamily and the family life professional. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (50th, Philadelphia, PA, November 12-16, 1988).