ERIC Number: ED312522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Grandparenting in Today's World.
Smith, Bert Kruger
Grandparenting and grandparents themselves come in many guises--young and full of vigor, old and ailing, filled with joy or burdened with concerns. For the first time in history a large number of grandparents are living long enough to get to know their grandchildren. Grandparents today are diverse in culture, financial status, health, emotional stability, and age. The larger number of grandparents, increasing independence of many grandparents thanks to pension plans and Social Security, and wider outside interests have brought multiple benefits for older and younger generations. These same factors often result in greater complications. As grandparents have more time to share, emotionally and financially, in the financial, health and social problems of children and grandchildren, they become more intricately interlaced with the lives of other generations. A few of the dilemmas which surface in the current grandparental life include divorce; stepgrandchildren; serving as "bankers" for younger generations; the "parenting" grandparent; the out-of-wedlock grandchild; the "different" grandchild; the difficult grandchild; the other nationality grandchild; the religiously different grandchild; and destructive relationships. Many new roles exist in the arena of grandparenting. Great-grandparents have emerged as forces in family structure. Grandparents, in a sense, have come into their own. (ABL)
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Attn: Publications Division, University of Texas, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78713-7998.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.