The Number Of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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Introduction The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is on the rise. According to Paola Scommegna (2012):
Growing numbers of children in the United States are living with a grandparent. In 2010, about one in 14 U.S. children (7 percent) lived in a household headed by a grandparent—for a total of 5.4 million children, up from 4.7 million in 2005. (p. 1)
A six week psychoeducational group would be beneficial for grandparents who become custodial grandparents. The group should consist of approximately 20 participants and last 90 minutes each week. Facilitators should use solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and strengths perspective. Facilitators should also be culturally competent. Each weekly session should focus on topics that are relevant to the group.
Weekly Outline
Week One The plan for the first week is to build rapport and introduce members and facilitators. Group rules should be established this session. Basic parenting skills will be the education address during this time. The group will identify and discuss daily care, medication usage and health, hygiene, age appropriate discipline, time management, and modeling positive behavior (Systems, 2007, pp. A1-A5). Participants need to be provided with a note pad so they may take notes. Participants will also list their strengths and weaknesses of the skills discussed. They should also be encouraged to keep a journal of daily activities, behaviors, and responses. Discussing these basic skills
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