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.

Formation of Identity

Formation of identity

When the news came that Sevanne Margaret was born I suddenly realized that through no act of my own I had become biologically related to a new human being. This was one thing that had never come up in discussions of grandparenthood and had never before occurred to me.

—Margaret Mead, Blackberry Winter (1972, p. 45)

Every time a child is born, a grandparent is born too.

—Kornhaber and Woodward, Grandparents/Grandchildren: The Vital Connection (1981b, p. 1)

Grandparenthood and great-grandparenthood may be viewed as stages in a lifelong developmental process. Diverse biological, psychological, interpersonal, and social forces determine the nature and quality of grandparenthood. These forces are dynamic, continually shaping and influencing grandparent identity and activity. The process of grandparent development is ongoing; in ...

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