In many cultures, grandparents have traditionally raised grandchildren to enable their adult children to work and provide for the whole family. Or grandparents have lived with their adult children and grandchildren and assisted in child-rearing. Today, in the US and abroad, millions more grandparents are raising grandchildren often with meager economic and social support. Economic provision for the family is no longer the prime reason for parental absence. Children and youth are being raised by grandparents in greater numbers than would be expected by choice or by chance because of abuse /neglect, parental drug addiction and/or incarceration. These new households represent a transfer of child-rearing responsibilities from an absent or incapacitated parent to an older adult who could also be at risk for disability.
The proposed special edition of Educational Gerontology will explore in several manuscript formats: original research, descriptive essays or topical review articles the implications of this trend in the US and abroad for the helping professions, particularly as they apply to interventions required to ensure the economic, mental and physical stability of both the grandparent and child. Although previous literature has demonstrated the importance of age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in understanding grandparent–grandchild relationships, additional factors contribute to a more complex and nuanced understanding of multigenerational relationships.
Potential areas of research:
- 21st century custodial grand parenting
- perceptions of loss by non-custodial grandparent peers
- the social and health implications for grandparents providing grandchild care
- adult grandchildren and their grandparents: the enduring bond
- grandchildren caring for grandparents with functional limitations
- the grandfather experience
- sexual orientation of grandparents
- grand parenting from a distance: minimal contact with grandchildren; incarceration or grandparents as residents in long-term care facilities
- program and policy initiatives to support grandchild/grandparent relations
All submitted manuscripts will be subject to review for suitability to the Journal. Authors can submit until July 1, 2018. All manuscripts need to conform to the Journal format which can be found online. We look forward to reading and publishing your submission in a special edition.
E-mail manuscripts to:
Manoj Parasani, PhD
Senior Associate Dean
Graduate School of Social Service
Fordham University, New York