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(p. 196) Working with Grandparents and Extended Family Members 

(p. 196) Working with Grandparents and Extended Family Members
(p. 196) Working with Grandparents and Extended Family Members

James N. Kirby

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date: 18 January 2019

Many parents and families require the help of grandparents or other extended family members in helping with the upbringing of children. This chapter focuses on the role of grandparents, specifically addressing some of the benefits and challenges this raises for family dynamics. There are five key areas reviewed: (a) why the inclusion of grandparents is helpful; (b) what grandparent factors affect families; (c) the role parenting interventions can have with extended family members; (d) how Triple P has and can be applied to this population; and (e) a number of clinical implications to consider when working with grandparents. Overall, the aim of this chapter is to provide some insights into how the involvement of grandparents can enhance parenting and family outcomes. These insights can then be used as examples when considering the involvement of other extended family members in the regular care of children.

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