Experiencing grandparenthood : an Asian perspective


Experiencing grandparenthood : an Asian perspective

Kalyani K. Mehta, Leng Leng Thang, editors

(Social indicators research series, v. 47)

Springer, c2012

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Includes bibliographical references and index



Within the context of an ageing Asia, the growing numbers of grandparents and the important roles they play within the family propel the need for a book devoted to their experiences. This book, with its focus on the Asian perspective, is pertinent and timely as Asia has undergone socio-cultural, economic and family transformations as a result of modernization, urbanization and demographic aging in the last century. In filling a gap in the current literature, the volume seeks to answer the following questions, 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 daughter-in-laws, and changing health of the grandparents? The book is a multidisciplinary, cross-national and inter-generational publication, lending voice to the aging grandparents in six countries i.e. China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The volume's strength lies precisely in its rich body of qualitative, three-generational data, including grandparents, link parents and grandchildren. Gerontologists, social researchers, anthropologists, social workers, policy makers, professionals working with aging families and family caregivers form the target audience of this rich Asian volume.


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.

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