Becoming a Grandparent: On Transitions and Transformations

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The transition to grandparenthood brings with it a shift in status, roles, and identities, and is perceived by grandparents themselves as one of the most meaningful and emotional events in their lives. Nevertheless, it has only recently become the subject of comprehensive research. This chapter offers a wide view of grandparenthood from the perspective of the life cycle and other transitions, sur- veying various factors that shape the experience of the role, including age, gender, lineage, and frequency of meetings with the grandchild. The chapter also focuses on grandparents’ psychological well-being and the process of personal growth, a positive psychological change that includes changes in self-perception, interper- sonal relationships, and priorities, and may be triggered by becoming a grandparent.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationGrandparents of children with disabilities
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical perspectives of intergenerational relationships
EditorsLiora Findler, Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-45517-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-45515-0
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research
ISSN (Print)2211-7644
ISSN (Electronic)2211-7652


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