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The Psychology of Grandparenthood

An International Perspective

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| Hardcover | 9780415047302

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The majority of people will now spend about one third of their lives as grandparents, yet developmental psychologists have largely ignored those parts of the lifespan later than early adulthood. This book redresses the balance and uses evolutionary Continue

The majority of people will now spend about one third of their lives as grandparents, yet developmental psychologists have largely ignored those parts of the lifespan later than early adulthood. This book redresses the balance and uses evolutionary and psychoanalytic theoretical frameworks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of grandparenthood from cross-cultural perspectives. Much recent work in developmental psychology has disregarded the extended family in favour of the two generational nuclear family of parents and children. But grandparents do have a significant role in the formation and growth of family relationships and this volume contains detailed discussion of intergenerational transmission of parenting skills, cooperation and conflict in three generational families and the ways in which grandparents and grandchildren perceive one another. The importance of considering social and cultural contexts of development applies to grandparents just as much as to other areas of human development.
Kinds of family structure, social policies regarding employment, health and housing, attitudes to marriage and even particular historical events all have an impact on the position and role of grandparents and on stereotypes of old age. These factors vary considerably from country to country. Our understanding of grandparenthood can only be enriched by learning about the variety of ways in which it is expressed in different cultural settings. This book is truly international, containing contributions from Britain, Canada, Finland, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, West Germany and the USA. International comparisons enable us to see which elements are essential to grandparenthood and which are culture-dependent. In most Western countries the population is ageing and this sort of study is becoming vitally important. The Psychology of Grandparenthood is required reading for anybody who is professionally involved with the elderly and for psychologists interested in development, the life-span and family systems.

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 142 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0415047307
  • ISBN-13: 9780415047302
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publish date: 1991-01-03
  • Dimensions: 0 mm x 1,006 mm x 1,509 mm Just how big is that?
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