You've Always Been There for Me: Understanding the Lives of Grandchildren Raised by Grandparents (Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies) (Paperback)

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Today, approximately 1.6 million American children live in what social scientists call “grandfamilies”—households in which children are being raised by their grandparents. In You’ve Always Been There for Me, Rachel Dunifon uses data gathered from grandfamilies in New York to analyze their unique strengths and distinct needs. Though grandfamilies can benefit from the accumulated wisdom of mature adults raising children for a second time, Dunifon notes, such families also face high rates of health problems as well as parenting challenges related to a large generation gap. Grandfamilies are also largely hidden in American society, flying under the radar of social service agencies, policymakers, and family researchers. This book gives family researchers a greater understanding of a unique family form, and also offers service providers, policymakers and the general public important information about the lives of an important group of American families.  

About the Author

RACHEL E. DUNIFON is a professor of policy analysis and management and interim dean in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  She is also the coauthor or coeditor of several books, including Research for the Public Good.

Praise For…

You’ve Always Been There for Me makes a significant contribution to the field of family studies and gerontology. Dunifon’s arguments are unique, sound, and focused, and shed new light into the roles of grandchildren in grandfamilies.”
— Christine A. Fruhauf

"Dunifon masterfully addresses an understudied type of family–grandchildren raised by grandparents–and offers insightful policy recommendations for how to promote the well-being of these families. Her research is a model combination of survey techniques, open-ended interviews, and videotaped observations of interactions. As we learn about the financial hardships, the health challenges, and emotional demands experienced by grandparents, we also see the extraordinary bonds between these parental figures and their adolescent grandchildren. Dunifon’s superb volume will inspire other scholars to pursue this compelling topic."
— P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

— Choice

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813583990
ISBN-10: 0813583993
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: August 17th, 2018
Pages: 244
Language: English
Series: Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies