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Baby Boomers of ColorImplications for Social Work Policy and Practice$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163019

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163019.001.0001

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Family-Focused Assets

Family-Focused Assets

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(p.124) 8 Family-Focused Assets
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Baby Boomers of Color
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Melvin Delgado

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163019.003.0008

The family can be a particularly powerful asset in the lives of baby boomers of color and its importance increases as boomers enter later life. This chapter focuses on the importance of the family and four specific aspects: grandparents raising grandchildren; family support; transmission of cultural history and values; and financial support. These four dimensions are not mutually exclusive and not equally represented in strength across all boomer families. It is important not to romanticize or underappreciate families, and thus attention will be paid to the rewards and challenges associated with viewing family as a boomer asset. The chapter also considers the challenges in thinking about families and boomers from an asset perspective, in order to prepare social workers for this form of practice.

Keywords:   family, non-financial assets, baby boomers of color, baby boom generation, grandparents, family support, cultural history, family values, financial support

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