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 Part I|102 pages

Resilience and Resourcefulness Among Grandparent Caregivers

chapter 3|10 pages

Resourcefulness in Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren1

ByJaclene A. Zauszniewski, Carol M. Musil

chapter 4|22 pages

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

ByBert Hayslip, Shanna R. Davis, Craig S. Neumann, Catherine Goodman, Gregory C. Smith, Robert J. Maiden, Gloria F. Carr

chapter 5|18 pages

Resilient Grandparent Caregivers

Pathways to Positive Adaptation
BySandra J. Bailey, Bethany L. Letiecq, Minde Erickson, Rebecca Koltz

chapter 6|15 pages

Grandparent Caregivers' Self-Care Practice

Moving Towards a Strengths-Based Approach
ByChristine A. Fruhauf, Kimberly Bundy-Fazioli

part Part II|62 pages

Interpersonal Aspects of Resilience and Resourcefulness in Grandparent Caregivers

chapter 7|16 pages

Raising Grandchildren as an Expression of Native Hawaiian Cultural Values1

ByLoriena A. Yancura, Heather Greenwood

chapter 8|13 pages

Mutual Exchange Within Skipped Generation Households

How Grandfamilies Support One Another
ByStacey R. Kolomer, Sarah A. Himmelheber, Cara V. Murray

chapter 9|18 pages

Formal Social Support

Promoting Resilience in Grandparents Parenting Grandchildren
ByMegan L. Dolbin-MacNab, Karen A. Roberto, Jack W. Finney

chapter 10|13 pages

Social and Personal Resources of Grandmother Caregivers After Grandchildren Are Grown1

ByCatherine Goodman, Dolores Scorzo, Patricia Ernandez, Araceli Alvarez-Nunez

part Part III|86 pages

Strength-Based Interventions with Grandparent Caregivers

chapter 11|17 pages

Orienting to the Positive

A Practice Framework for Grandparent Caregiving
ByFrancine Conway, Nathan S. Consedine

chapter 12|11 pages

Skip Generations

A Strength-Based Mentoring Program for Resilient Grandparent Caregivers
ByLinda C. James, Christopher R. Ferrante

chapter 14|13 pages

Promoting Resilience

Counseling Grandparents to Raise Effective Grandchildren
ByCraig Zuckerman, Robert J. Maiden

chapter 15|13 pages

Resiliency and Custodial Grandparents

Recognizing and Supporting Strengths
ByAndrea B. Smith, Linda L. Dannison, Melodye James

chapter 16|16 pages

Promoting Family Empowerment Among African American Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren

ByDeborah M. Whitley, Susan J. Kelley, Peter E. Campos

chapter |7 pages


ByBert Hayslip, Gregory C. Smith