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Family matters: charter for grandchildren

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Executive
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
2p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins can all play an important role in nurturing children. While parents are responsible for caring for their children and making sure their needs are met, the wider family can play a vital supporting role.

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Grandparents seeking contact

Author:
STEVENS Robert
Journal article citation:
Justice of the Peace and Local Government Law, 11.11.95, 1995, pp.753-754.
Publisher:
Justice of the Peace Ltd

Looks at case law which identifies the extent to which the rights of grandparents to apply for access orders under the Domestic Proceedings and Magistrates' Courts Act 1978 have been watered down by subsequent legislation.

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Sexual abuse by grandparents

Author:
MARGOLIN Leslie
Journal article citation:
Child Abuse and Neglect, 16(5), 1992, pp.735-741.
Publisher:
Elsevier

Analyses the results of a study of 95 case records.

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Parenting stress of grandparents and other kin as informal kinship caregivers: a mixed methods study

Authors:
LEE Eunju, CLARKSON-HENDRIX Michael, LEE Yeonggeul
Journal article citation:
Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 2016, pp.29-38.
Publisher:
Elsevier

Informal kinship caregivers provide the majority of out of home care to children who can no longer safely stay with their biological parent. Yet their parenting challenges are understudied since they are often left out from child welfare and other service systems. This mixed methods study, using a survey and focus groups of grandparent and other kin, examined predictors and sources of parenting stress. Quantitative findings suggested that the kinship family's needs and the caregiver's health and emotional well-being adversely affected parenting stress. Grandparent caregivers experienced an elevated level of parenting stress compared to other kin caregivers. Qualitative findings suggested that financial strains, concerns over children's behavior, navigating service systems and difficult relationships with birth parents contributed to their stress. It appeared that grandparent caregivers faced special challenges due to generational gaps, guilt and concerns over birth parents. (Publisher abstract)

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Dumela Mma: an examination of resilience among South African grandmothers raising grandchildren

Authors:
DOLBIN-MACNAB Megan L., et al
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 36(10), 2016, pp.2182-2212.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Grandmothers serve as primary care-givers for a significant number of South African children. Previous research has documented that South African grandmothers experience physical, financial, emotional and social adversity. However, less attention has been given to South African grandmothers' resilience, or their capacity to respond to the challenges associated with raising their grandchildren. Utilising Walsh's (2003; 2012) family resilience model, this qualitative study examined resilience and resilient processes among 75 Black South African grandmothers raising grandchildren. Grandmothers participated in structured interviews during a weekly visit to a local luncheon (social) club. Results indicated that the grandmothers perceived themselves as engaging in a number of resilient processes, including relying on their spirituality, accessing sources of instrumental support, and seeking emotional support and companionship from their grandchildren and larger communities. Grandmothers also believed that focusing on their grandchildren contributed to their sense of resilience. This involved maintaining a sense of responsibility to their grandchildren, having hope for their grandchildren's futures and finding enjoyment in the grandmother–grandchild relationship. The findings reveal that, by engaging in various resilient processes, South African grandmothers raising grandchildren perceive themselves and their families as having strategies they can utilise in order to successfully cope with adversity. Findings also highlight the need for prevention and intervention efforts designed to promote grandmothers' resilience, as well as the resilience of their grandchildren. (Publisher abstract)

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Understanding collaborative efforts to assist grandparent caregivers: a multileveled perspective

Authors:
FRUHAUF Christine A., HAYSLIP Bert
Journal article citation:
Journal of Family Social Work, 16(5), 2013, pp.382-391.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

It is well known that grandparent caregivers often experience increased stress and strain as a result of raising grandchildren. Although specific interventions utilising support groups, mental health counselling, educational programming, and respite care can be useful in supporting grandparents, collaborative efforts toward building partnerships among the community, service providers, and grandparents have even greater potential to assist grandparent caregivers in meeting their needs. Using the ecological perspective as a guiding framework, this article briefly reviews six contemporary programs while highlighting strategies to support grandparents raising grandchildren. These programs provide unique and innovative ways professionals can reach grandparents raising grandchildren. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Grandparents raising their grandchildren: acknowledging the experience of grief

Authors:
BACKHOUSE Jan, GRAHAM Anne
Journal article citation:
Australian Social Work, 66(3), 2013, pp.440-454.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This paper explores the experience of grief as reported by grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in Australia. The data presented are part of a larger qualitative study that investigated the lived experience of 34 grandparents who have taken on the full-time care of grandchildren when their own children have been unable to parent them. In-depth interviews conducted with the grandparent participants and analysed through a three-layer narrative analysis. Themes include the reasons for caring for grandchildren, the loss of traditional grandparent role, social isolation, and lack of recognition by support services. While all of the grandparents referred to the benefits, satisfaction, and joy of taking on the parenting of grandchildren, their narratives were deeply imbued with experiences (Edited publisher abstract)

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When couples become grandparents: factors associated with the growth of each spouse

Authors:
TAUBMAN-BEN-ARI Orit, FINDLER Liora, SHLOMO Shirley Ben
Journal article citation:
Social Work Research, 37(1), 2013, pp.26-36.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

This correlational study examined perceived personal growth among couples who recently became grandparents, investigating its association with attachment style, self-differentiation, and the perceived growth of the spouse. In addition, the background variables of age, education, and physical health were examined. The sample consisted of 206 Israeli couples who were approached six to 24 months were also found to be connected to the perceived personal growth of grandmothers. Furthermore, higher avoidant attachment was associated with less growth among healthier grandparents and with more perceived growth among less healthy grandfathers. Hence, both the individual's internal resources and his or her partner's perception of growth were associated with self-reported growth in the transition (Publisher abstract)

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Grandmothers as main caregivers in the context of parental migration

Author:
PANTEA Maria-Carmen
Journal article citation:
European Journal of Social Work, 15(1), 2012, pp.63-80.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

A large number of parents from Romania migrate for work. Estimates suggest that 126,000 children in Romania have both parents abroad, and that half of these children are less than 10 years old. When both parents migrate, the majority of children remain in the care of grandparents. Existing policies are mainly aimed at assisting children ‘left behind’ and fail to address the needs

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Family well-being concerns of grandparents in skipped generation families

Authors:
SHAKYA Holly Baker, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55(1), January 2012, pp.39-54.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The proportion of American children living in the same household as a grandparent rose from 7% in 1991 to 11% in 2009. In 2009 this amounted to 7.8 million children under 18. In 2.4 million cases the grandparents were responsible for raising a child; skipped generation children. The increase in skipped generation children is attributed to drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, divorce, single parent households and physical and mental illness. This study examined the family well-being concerns of a sample of these grandparents living in San Diego. A total of 13 co-resident grandparents responsible for raising their grandchildren (three men) completed surveys, focus groups, or individual interviews. Five service providers to skipped-generation families also participated in individual interviews to add an additional perspective to grandparents' concerns. Five levels of concerns were identified: intrapersonal (grandparent’s health, aging and choice), interpersonal (child health, relationships with the child’s parents and future outcomes), organisational or institutional (interactions with schools), policy (financial resources and the legal system), and societal (generational differences). The concerns were

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