This engaging textbook synthesizes the current knowledge about how grandparents operate in the family and in society. Using a number of case studies, the book covers topics such as: the grandparent-grandchild bond; grandparent development; grandparent-parent relationships; normative and non-normative grandparenting activities; the variety of grandparenting activities according to race, gender and age; the relationship of grandparents to the community; clinical grandparenting; and the legal rights of grandparents.

Clinical Grandparenting

Clinical grandparenting

Who said grandparents were supposed to be perfect? All they are supposed to do is learn from their mistakes …which already puts them ahead in the game.

—A 58-year-old grandmother

Clinical grandparenting, a new and emerging field, is the study of the pathology of grandparenting, its etiology (causes), and its treatment. The first step in identifying grandparent pathology is to establish clinical categories that describe “normal” or effective function and “pathology” or dysfunction in grandparental identity and activity. Although grandparenting conflicts and problems are not currently listed in any diagnostic manual of emotional disorders, the establishment of clinical categories as a way of conceptualizing grandparents and grandparent conflicts, problems, and related issues can be of inestimable assistance to clinicians and many others—educators, attorneys, therapists, ...

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