A Study on the Orientation for Problems and Support in Grandparent and Grandchildren Family

조손가족의 문제점과 지원에 대한 정향성 연구

  • Cho, Soo-Jung (Department of Social Welfare, Hansei University) ;
  • Kim, Jong-Jin (Department of Social Welfare, Jungwon University)
  • Received : 2017.09.26
  • Accepted : 2017.12.15
  • Published : 2018.12.30


Modern society has become an aging society, and the National Statistics Office(NSO) expects that Korea will be also an aging society by 2019, that is, people over the age of 65 will account for 14 percent from the total population. In addition, the increase of labor flexibility is also one of the dramatic features in modern society. However, this social shift have unpredictable results, that is, the advent and increase of grandparent and grandchildren family. Modern medical technology has given Koreans longer expectancies, and structural and economic changes in society have brought early retirement. One of the main reasons that grandparent and grandchildren family increase is below an average of two children per family. There are various services available such as Health support center, Dream start center, Youth support center, Community child center, and Community welfare center. Besides, schools operates various programs for grandparent and grandchildren family with social workers and school counselors. But, most of all, what is necessary is a change of perspective on them. Basically, we need to develop a clear perspective on grandparent and grandchildren family as a not dismantling family type but alternative family type with creating a separate program or service