An exploration of the grandparent caregiver role
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Using role theory to guide a qualitative analysis of 26 grandparents raising grandchildren, the role transition from grandparent to grandparent caregiver was explored. Participants were predominantly female, low income, married, with an average age of 53. On average, participants were raising 1.7 grandchildren for 4 years and at the time of interview had legal custody of the grandchildren. Face-to-face, semi-structured interviews were used. With a 92% interrater reliability, themes focused on the grandparent caregiver role being off-time or unexpected, achieving a sense of role clarity, and the experience of role conflict.
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Journal of Family Issues
Landry-Meyer, Laura, and Barbara M. Newman. "An exploration of the grandparent caregiver role." Journal of Family Issues 25, 8 (2004). doi: 10.1177/0192513X04265955.