ERIC Number: ED371877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Strengths and Needs of Black Grandparents as Perceived by Grandchildren, Parents, and Grandparents.
Strom, Robert D.; Griswold, Dianne L.
This study examined the performance of Black grandparents, the contributions they make to their families, and the obstacles that limit their success as grandparents. It also sought to identify the content of suitable curriculum for grandparents and recommend guidelines for the establishment of grandparent education programs. A sample of 626 unrelated subjects--204 grandparents of 6 to 18-year-old grandchildren, 128 parents of 6 to 18-year-olds, and 294 grandchildren ages 6 to 18--were surveyed, using the Grandparents Strengths and Needs Inventory. The age and sex of grandchildren had a significant effect on certain variables. Overall, the amount of time grandparents spent with grandchildren had a significant positive influence on perceived effectiveness. Grandparents and parents of younger children felt that grandparents deserved scores higher than children assigned them for handling the difficulties of their role. The findings indicate that grandparents should be encouraged to further develop their teaching strength, should be recognized for the gift of time they share with grandchildren, and should rely on their grandchildren as an essential source of information. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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