chapter  5
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Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: Pathways to Positive Adaptation

Given the growth of grandparent caregiving over the past decade-nationwide, there are now an estimated 2.5 million grandparents providing sole care for at least one grandchild (U.S. Census, 2009)—it is imperative that the elements of resilient grandfamilies be discovered, examined, and promoted. The aim of this chapter is to identify characteristics related to resilient grandparents parenting a second time around as well as those characteristics illustrative of grand-families who are struggling to positively adjust and adapt. Understanding such characteristics may be useful to those working with grandparent caregivers to promote their resilience and to ameliorate some of the challenges to positive adaptation commonly faced by these grandparents.