chapter  7
Grandparents: part of the family
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Grandparentsaretraditionallyprovidersofsupporttoparentsofyoung children.Duringthepastdecadethegrandparentrolewithinfamiliesof childrenwithdisabilitieshasreceivedincreasingattention.This increasecanbeattributedtothedevelopmentofafamilysystems approachtodisabilityresearchandearlyintervention(Baileyand Simeonsson1988).AdaptedfromBronfenbrenner'smodelofsocial ecology(Bronfenbrenner1979),familysystemstheoryhasbeen viewedasausefulmethodofinvestigatingtheeffectofachildwitha disabilityonthefamilyunit(SeligmanandDarling1989,Turnbulland Turnbull1990).