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| Introduction | Part I. | Part II. | 
| Part III. | Part IV. | Part V. |Part VI. |

Part II. The Cultural Construction of Intergenerational Ties

| Newsflashes | Gerontological Anthropology in Action | Web Special
| Projects to follow| Web Resources | Print Resources |
newsflas.gif (7743 bytes)NEWS FLASH: THE NUMBER OF GRANDPARENT CAREGIVERS INCREASES. The U.S. Bureau of the Census reports that in 1995 just under 4 million children were living with their grandparents. This represented a 25.7% increase just in the prior five years. Over one-third of the kids (1.5 million) live in their granparent's home where no parent is present. A related government study: Informal and Formal Kinship Care: Volume I, Narrative Reports, and Volume II, Tables and Figures is now available on the Web at: http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/hsp/cyp/kincare/toc.htm . The study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, uses existing national data sources to compare formal kinship care arrangements (i.e., foster care) and informal care arrangements.

Since the publication of The Cultural Context of Aging in 1997, one of the most critical problems facing reparenting grandparents is the radical restructuring of the welfare system. A good summary of this issue is found in April Thompson's short article "Welfare Reform Hits Grandparents Raising Children." Click on the article to connect to it. 

.newsflas.gif (7743 bytes)NEWS FLASH:Geezer-Bashing Continues: "Media Attacks on the Elderly" By John Hess: http://www.fair.org/extra/best-of-extra/geezer-bashing.html Check out this on-line article.

GERONTOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN ACTION: A recent  issue of Practicing Anthropology (Spring 1998) highlighted the work of anthropologists in applied gerontology. One of these articles, "Grandparents, Gray Power and Grassroots Organizing" is by Patricia Slorah who acting in the role of "native" anthropologist, began to research others in her situation, being a grandparent thrust by circumstances back into a full parenting role.

PROJECTS TO FOLLOW: "Longitudinal Study of Generations" is an ongoing project at the University of Southern California, which has followed intergenerational relations in a large sample of families since 1971. Some results from the project can be found at the web site: http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/research/4gen/


ANCESTORS IN AFRICA: Prepared by David Zeitlyn as part of the Experience Rich Anthropology Project, this site not only has a discussion of the role of ancestors and elders among the Mambila peoples of Northern Nigeria but links to a wide range classic articles, such as "Ancestors as Elders in Africa," by Igor Kopytoff. The site is found at: http://www.era.anthropology.ac.uk/index2.html

THE GRANDPARENT-GRANDCHILD CONNECTION. A 1998 Census Bureau paper on this issue, "Co-resident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: Grandparent Maintained Families," is found at: 

THE AGING DOOMSDAY MACHINE, Investment banker Pete Peterson's, newest book, Gray Dawn, continues his dire predictions about how aging will pit the generations against each other around the globe. Check out the first chapter of his book at: http://www.stpt.usf.edu/~jsokolov/graydawn.htm

WEB RESOURCES:                                        top of page

http://pr.aoa.dhhs.gov/ain/97report/  Native American Elders Report - 1997. This Administration on Aging report provides summary highlights on Title VI program performance, including persons served and services provided for 1995. Additionally, summary data for program performance for the years 1991-1995 are included.



Hayslip, B., R.J. Shore, C.E. Henderson, P.L. Lambert. 1998. Custodial grandparenting and the impact of grandchildren withproblems on role satisfaction and role meaning. J. Gerontology 53B(3): S164-73.

Hill, R, von Mering, and E. Guiillette. 1995. "Adolescence and Old Age, Part 1: Terminal Problem Cultures in American Society," Educational Gerontology 21:3:275-283. 

Thau, R. and J. Heflin, eds. 1997. Generations Apart: Xers vs. Boomers vs. The Elderly. Prometheus Books.

Ashton, V. 1996. "A study of mutual support between black and white grandmothers and their adult grandchildren." Journal of Gerontological Social Work 26(1/2): 87-100. 

Ernick, M. and B. Hayslip Jr. 1996. "Custodial grandparenting: new roles for middle-aged and older adults." International Journal of Aging and Human Development 43(2): 135-54. 

Goodman, M. and R. Rubinstein. 1996. "Parenting in later life: adaptive illusion in elderly mothers of one child." Journal of Aging Studies 10(4):295-311.

Ikels, C. Forthcoming. "Grandparenthood in Cross-Cultural Perspective," In Handbook of Grandparenthood, M. Szinovacz, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood. 

Roberto, Karen ed. 1996. Relationships Between Women in Later Life. Haworth Press. 

Schulz, J. In press. "Ask Older Women: Are the Elderly Better Off?" Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

Sheppard, J.L., J.F. Myles, L. Polivka. 1996. "Is America Exporting Another New Social Idea?" ["setting limits"]. Ageing & Society 16(5): 603-12.

Singer, G.H.S., L.E. Powers, A.L. Olsen eds. 1996. Redefining family support: innovations in public-private partnerships. Baltimore: PH Brookes. 

Stricker, G. and J.L. Hillman. 1996. "Attitudes Toward Older Adults: The Perceived Value of Grandparent as a Social Role." Journal of Adult Development 3(2): 71-79. 

Stucki, B.R. 1995. "Managing the social clock: the negotiation of elderhood among rural Asante of Ghana." Northwestern Univ: Ph.D. diss.

Thomson, E., M. Meridith and D. Driver. 1997. "A Profile of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the United States. Gerontologist June: 406-411. 

Uhlenberg, P. 1996. "The burden of aging: a theoretical framework for understanding the shifting balance of caregiving and care receiving as cohorts age." Gerontologist 36(6): 761-67. 

Watson, J. and S. Koblinsky. 1997. "Strengths and Needs of Working-Class African-American and Anglo-American Grandparents." International Journal of Aging and Human Development44:2:149-65. 

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