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.



A child of our grandmother Eve, a female; or, for thy more sweet understanding, a woman.

—William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost, Act I, scene 1

Erik Erikson (1950) noted that in some primitive cultures every grandmother has her own song and that she sings this song to her people when they are hurting. The message of her song tells that she has been hurt in the past too, but she has endured.

Vital Connections (Spring 1992, p. 2)

Research into the diverse roles and functions of grandparenthood has accelerated in recent years as professionals in a broad spectrum of disciplines have become interested in the subject. Articles relating to grandparents are to be found in journals and books in the social sciences, mental health, law, politics, psychology, family ...

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