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The number of grandparents who have responsibility for raising grandchildren has increased dramatically over the past several decades. From an educational perspective, content on custodial grandparents can promote an increased interest in, and understanding of, the complexities of aging by stressing the intergenerational aspects of this family form. This paper describes the growing population of custodial grandparents, and the larger socio environmental contexts of these families. In addition, it highlights instructional approaches for including content on grandparent-headed families within didactic and experiential courses.


Published in Educational Gerontology, vol. 29 no. 4 (2003), pp. 361-373. Presented as the Closing Plenary, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Twenty-eighth Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, March 3, 2002.

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