CFLE Network, a quarterly newsletter published by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators, is a resource filled with information about Family Life Education. Network provides an opportunity for CFLEs to share their knowledge and expertise with other active CFLEs through research- or practice-based articles.

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Call for Articles

Fall 2022: Intergenerational Relationships

Submit articles by Sept. 15, 2022

The fall 2022 issue of CFLE Network will focus on issues relevant to intergenerational relationships and the practice of Family Life Education (FLE).

Multigenerational, intergenerational, and “sandwich generation” convey related meanings; all three terms refer to stable and ongoing relationships between individuals of different generations. However, each refers to a specific form of relationship. Multigenerational family groups include more than one generation of members and who share the same home (Cohn et al., 2022). This can also include grandparents who are emotionally, physically, and/or financially responsible for raising their grandchildren. Sandwich generation families include three generations: adult(s), their parent(s) aged 65 or older, and their children under age 18 or children 18 years are older whom they are supporting financially (Parker & Patten, 2013). “Intergenerational relationships” has a broader meaning, inclusive of multigenerational and sandwich generation families; it encompasses bonds made between individuals of different generations, whether or not they are biologically related. For example, interpersonal relationships include bonds that can form between elder residents of care homes and preschool children who participate in a nutrition program that includes shared gardening, food preparation, meals, and activities such as storytelling and reminiscences (Jones & Umar Ismail, 2022).

Although there are stressors associated with creating and maintaining stable, ongoing relationships across generations, there are also benefits. Benefits include reduced social isolation and loneliness, more social support and larger social networks, continuation of cultural traditions and values, and increased appreciation and enjoyment of individuals across generations (Cohn et al., 2022; Jones & Umar Ismail, 2022).

Please consider contributing an article for the fall 2022 issue of Network on multigenerational and “sandwich generation” families, intergenerational relationships topics relevant to Family Life Education. Examples of potential topics include the following:

  • Describing your work as a CFLE supporting grandparents raising their grandchildren or that foster the grandchild–grandparent relationship.
  • Describing your work as a CFLE in counseling, teaching, or supporting multigenerational families, sandwich generation families, or individuals in intergenerational relationships.
  • Describing your work as an CFLE developing or participating in programs that promote stable, ongoing relationships among members of different generations.
  • Describing FLE methods used to work with multiple generations in the same family.
  • Discussing any topic relevant to multigenerational families and sandwich generation families, or individuals in intergenerational relationships and Family Life Education.

Preference in manuscript selection is given to those authored by CFLEs. However, we accept manuscripts authored by individuals who do not have the CFLE credential but who do have expertise related to the issue theme when the manuscript content is relevant and beneficial to CFLEs.

The CFLE Network includes five regular columns: CFLE in Context, Research Update for Practitioners, Family Life Education in Practice, CFLE Voices From the Field, and Perspectives. Three other columns, an Ethics Case Study, Wisdom for Family Life Educators, and the Book Review, appear on a less regular basis. Additional information about each column is included in the Network author guidelines below.

Email [email protected] with questions or for more information.

 

References

Cohn, D. V., Horowitz, J., Minkin, R., Fry, R., & Hurst, K. (2022). Financial issues top the list of reasons U.S. adults live in multigenerational homes. Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2022/03/24/financial-issues-top-the-list-of-reasons-u-s-adults-live-in-multigenerational-homes/

Jones, M. & Ismail, S U. (2022). Bringing children and older people together through food: The promotion of intergenerational relationships across preschool, school and care home settings. Working with Older People, 26(2), 151–161. https://doi-org.libproxy.txstate.edu/10.1108/WWOP-11-2021-0059

Parker, K., & Patten, E. (2013). The sandwich generation: Rising financial burdens for middle-aged Americans. Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2013/01/30/the-sandwich-generation/

 

 

 

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