Conference Feliciano Villar - 30 mai 2018 - Université de Tours - Site Tanneurs


le 30 mai 2018

Extension Amphi 5

Grandparents providing auxiliary care for their grandchildren: The best of two worlds?
by Feliciano Villar

Feliciano Villar is doctor in Psychology, lecturer and researcher (tenured) at the Department of Cognition, Development and Educational Psychology of the University of Barcelona, where he coordinates a research group and directs a Master on Psychogerontology. He also coordinates the Iberoamerican Research Network on Aging and Society, which includes 35 researchers from 10 Latin-American countries, plus Spain and Portugal.

His research interests are focused on two main issues: 1) study of the determinants and social and personal consequences of older people contributions to family (e.g. grandparenthood, caring for dependent relatives) and community contexts (e.g. volunteering or political participation), under the umbrella-concept of generativity in later life; 2) long-term residential settings policies and practices addressed to provide opportunities for participating and  guarantee residents’ rights.

As a result of his research activity, he has authored more than 50 papers in JCR journals and has been visiting scholar in more than 10 international higher education institutions, including the University of Oxford (UK), Wilfred Laurier University (Canada), or the Autonomous National University of Mexico (Mexico).

Providing care for grandchildren is one of the best examples of how older people can continue contributing to their families and to the society as a whole. Feliciano Villar will examine the circumstances and complexities of caring grandparents, from those who provide just auxiliary and punctual care to those who are surrogate parents. Rewards and costs associated to this crucial (although sometimes hidden) role will be discussed.

Prendre soin de ses petits-enfants est l'un des meilleurs exemples de la manière dont les personnes âgées peuvent continuer à contribuer au soutien de leur famille et de la société dans son ensemble. Feliciano Villar examinera les caractéristiques et la complexité du rôle des grands-parents aidants, qu'il s'agisse de ceux qui fournissent des soins auxiliaires et ponctuels ou de ceux qui sont des parents de substitution. Les avantages et les coûts associés à ce rôle crucial seront discutés.