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Experiencing Grandparenthood

by Mehta, Kalyani K.
Authors: Thang, Leng Leng.%editor. | SpringerLink (Online service) Series: Social Indicators Research Series, 1387-6570 ; . 47 Physical details: XIV, 166 p. online resource. ISBN: 9400723032 Subject(s): Social sciences. | Quality of Life. | Social work. | Quality of Life %Research. | Social Sciences. | Quality of Life Research. | Social Work.
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Contributors -- Preface.- Acknowledgements -- 1. Introduction: Grandparenthood in Asia -- Kalyani K. Mehta and Leng Leng Thang -- 2. Changing Social and Demographic Characteristics in Asia -- Tsuneo Usui and Mari Tsuruwaka.-3. Grandparenting Roles and Functions.-Vivian W.Q. Lou and Iris Chi -- 4. Meanings of Being a Grandparent -- Leng Leng Thang -- 5. Stress and Conflict Management Strategies in Grandparenthood -- Kalyani K. Mehta.-6. The Socio-Psychological Well-Being of Grandparents.-Perasit Kamnuansilpa and Leng Leng Thang -- 7. Custodial Grandparents and Intergenerational Support in Rural China.-Zhen Cong and Merril Silverstein -- 8. Empowering Self-Disclouse: Life Accounts of Malaysian and Singaporean grandparents -- Maya K. David and Ching Hei Kuang -- 9. Conclusion: Change and Continuity of Grandparenting in Contemporary Asia -- Leng Leng Thang and Kalyani K. Mehta -- Index.

As the population of Asia grows older, attention turns to the growing numbers of grandparents, and the important family and societal roles they play. This book traces the socio-cultural, economic and family transformations in the role of grandparents that result from a century of modernization, urbanization and demographic aging.   Filling a gap in the current literature, Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective seeks to answer such vital questions as: What is the state of grandparenting in the Asian context today? How do the roles and functions of grandparents differ depending on rural-urban differences, their relations with daughters and daughters-in-law, and changing health of the grandparents?   This multidisciplinary, cross-national and inter-generational publication lends voice to the experience of grandparents in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The volume’s strength lies in its rich body of qualitative, three-generational data drawn from grandparents, link parents and grandchildren. Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective will benefit gerontologists, social researchers, anthropologists, social workers, policy makers, professionals working with aging families and family caregivers.

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