1st Edition

Resilient Grandparent Caregivers A Strengths-Based Perspective

Edited By Bert Hayslip, Jr., Gregory C. Smith Copyright 2013
    288 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The study of grandparents raising grandchildren, now almost two decades old, has tended to have a negative bias, emphasizing the difficulties such people face and the negative impact that grandparent caregiving has on them physically, socially, and emotionally. This edited book seeks to reverse this trend by taking a positive approach to understanding grandparent caregivers, focusing on their resilience and resourcefulness. This method reflects a strengths-based approach and the importance of benefit-finding and positive coping. Chapters feature information from both qualitative and quantitative studies and are written by a diverse range of professionals, such as counselors, psychologists, geriatric social workers, and nurse practitioners, to provide multidisciplinary persepctives for practitioners working with grandparent caregivers. Part one discusses the positive qualities that custodial grandparents possess – resilience, resourcefulness, and benefit finding. The second part considers the sociocultural aspects of resilience and resourcefulness in grandparent caregivers. Finally, part three presents strengths-based interventions for working with custodial grandparents. Practitioners will find this to be a valuable resource in their work and the field as a whole, stimulating positive changes in attitudes toward and practices with grandparent caregivers.

    Part I: Resilience and Resourcefulness among Grandparent Caregivers Smith, Dolbin MacNab, The Role of Negative and Positive Caregiving Appraisals and Key Outcomes for Custodial Grandmothers and Grandchildren. Castillo, Henderson, North, The Relation between Caregiving Style, Coping, Benefit Finding, Grandchild Symptoms, and Caregiver Adjustment among Custodial Grandparents. Zauszniewski, Musil, Resourcefulness in Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren. Hayslip, Jr., Davis, Goodman, Smith, Maiden, Carr, The Role of Resilience in Mediating Stressor-Outcome Relationships among Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren. Bailey, Letiecq, Erickson, Koltz, Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: Pathways to Positive Adaptation. Fruhauf, Bundy-Fazioli, Grandparent Caregivers’ Self-Care Practice: Moving Toward a Strengths-Based Approach. Part II Interpersonal aspects of Resilience and Resourcefulness in Grandparent Caregivers Yancura, Greenwood, Raising Grandchildren as an Expression of Native Hawaiian Cultural Values. Kolomer, Himmelheber, Murray, Mutual Exchange within Skipped Generation Households: How Grandfamilies Support One Another. Dolbin-MacNab, Roberto, Finney, Formal Social Support: Promoting Resilience in Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren. Goodman, Scorzo, Ernandez, Alvarez-Nunez, Social and Personal Resources of Grandmother Caregivers after Grandchildren Are Grown. Part III Strength-Based Interventions with Grandparent Caregivers Conway, Consedine, Orienting to the Positive: A Practice Framework for Grandparent Caregiving. James, Ferrante, Skip Generations: A Strength-Based Mentoring Program for Resilient Grandparent Caregivers. McCallion, Ferretti, Kim, Challenges in Translating an Evidence-Based Health Self-Management Intervention for Grandparent Caregivers. Zuckerman, Maiden, Promoting Resilience: Counseling Grandparents to Raise Effective Grandchildren. Smith, Dannison, James, Resiliency and Custodial Grandparents: Recognizing and Supporting Strengths. Whitley, Kelley, Campos, Promoting Family Empowerment among African American Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren.


    Bert Hayslip, Jr., PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Texas.

    Gregory C. Smith, PhD, is a professor and the director of the Human Development Center at Kent State University.

    "Grandparents have been called the band-aids that bind the generations. The many chapters in this book attest to the strengths of these grandparents while describing the many challenges they face. It is a particularly useful resource for both practitioners and policy makers who seek to support this heroic group of caregivers." - Carole B. Cox, MSW, PhD, Professor of Social Work, Fordham University

    "This timely compilation of scholarly and practical knowledge about grandparents who are caregivers offers a valuable new perspective—both positive and hopeful—on this growing population.  Resilient Grandparent Caregivers will be of great value to educators, social workers, counselors, nurses, psychologists, and all who work with older adults." - John Blando, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling San Francisco State University

    "In Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: A Strengths-Based Perspective, the editors successfully challenge the decades-long negative bias that has emphasized the physical, mental, and emotional difficulties experienced by grandparents raising their grandchildren. This volume presents a contemporary, fresh perspective of grandparent caregivers with a focus on their resilience and resourcefulness. The editors present a collection of multidisciplinary research in the area of grandparent caregiving that accentuates what grandparent caregivers are doing right and how they are coping positively and growing from the experience of raising a grandchild." Christen Smith, PhD, Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 39:177–181, 2015