ERIC Number: EJ950598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Grandparent Education: Raising Grandchildren
Strom, Paris S.; Strom, Robert D.
Educational Gerontology, v37 n10 p910-923 2011
Grandparent-headed households are increasing in the United States. Most caregivers believe their role will be permanent. The responsibilities are more difficult because previous parenting experiences do not apply to some current challenges, and there are no paradigms to provide guidance. Accordingly, caregivers want to know the goals that successful grandparents share to consider them as a source of direction. Identification of grandparent success is based on the separate and combined responses from three generations to 60 Likert-type items in the Grandparent Strengths and Needs Inventory. Results detect assets and knowledge gaps, and they are used to determine content for group interventions. This presentation unites findings drawn from three-generational studies, community program initiatives, and case studies. The purpose is to show how goals of successful grandparents can be used to inform a paradigm for caregivers so that they are able to establish suitable priorities, recognize the necessary adjustments in their thinking and behavior, and discover how to assess progress. Grandparents develop these strengths when they are willing to amend their dreams, get to know grandchildren by spending time together, and adopt a perspective that enables management of stress. Cooperation with a parent who shares an obligation for childcare is essential along with an understanding of family rights and benefits. Success also requires resilience to confront predictable setbacks and provide lessons for grandchildren about overcoming adversity.
Descriptors: Grandchildren, Grandparents, Guidance, Heads of Households, Caregiver Role, Parenting Styles, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Knowledge Level, Stress Variables, Cooperation, Resilience (Psychology), Parent Role, Child Care, Case Studies, Intervention, Community Programs
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