Includes bibliographical references (pages 305-314) and index.
1. Grandparents then and now: a brief history -- 2. Grandparents today: social forces and social change -- 3. Grandmothers -- 4. Grandfathers -- 5. in loco parentis: raising grandchildren -- 6. Grandparents in various cultures -- 7. Grandparents in the media and in literature -- 8. Grandparents: the supporting generation -- App. The legal rights of grandparents.
Psychotherapist Ursula Adler Falk and sociologist Gerhard Falk provide an illuminating overview of the many facets of being a grandparent in today's society.