'Custodial grandmothers' physical, mental, and economic well-being: Comparisons of primary caregivers from low-income neighborhoods

Heather J. Bachman*, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

To examine the implications of custodial grandparent care, we compared the material hardship, mental health, and physical well-being of custodial grandmothers (n = 90) and biological mothers (n = 1,462) using data from Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study. Custodial grandmothers reported significantly more physical health problems but less psychological distress than mothers. Younger grandmothers and grandmothers who sought out more social support were the most disabled and financially strained. Implications for policy and practice addressing the needs of grandmothers raising grandchildren are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-487
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Relations
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005

Keywords

  • Caregiving
  • Economic distress
  • Grandmothers raising grandchildren
  • Health
  • Low-income families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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