chapter  4
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The Role of Resilience in Mediating Stressor-Outcome Relationships Among Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

Among those grandparents raising their grandchildren in the support group was a 38-year-old grandmother, clearly the youngest person in the group of adults in their 50s and 60s. Among those in the group, her outlook was the most optimistic

—she talked about how she had been blessed with the opportunity to raise her granddaughter, who was 6 years old. She looked toward the future, spoke positively about her life, and did not dwell on the past. It came to light that this woman assumed the care of her grandchild because her daughter had been brutally murdered. Six months after assuming the care of her granddaughter, her husband died of cancer. Within the same year, her granddaughter was also diagnosed with cancer. The other grandparents in the group were in awe of her-how had she been able to overcome such misfortune?