Custodial Grandparenting: Individual, Cultural, and Ethnic Diversity

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Overview

This unique book examines variability among custodial grandparent caregivers. It focuses on diversity among grandparent-headed families in domestic and international settings, with over 35 contributors exploring the many factors that contribute to such diversity. It also examines diversity across individual differences, especially those of gender and age, ethnicity and race, and culture.

An awareness of their uniqueness is essential to the process of understanding the demands of custodial grandparents' new roles, and in providing appropriate services to them.

Whatever the reason, most grandparents raising grandchildren never anticipated that they would parent again. For most, this new role causes significant upheaval in their lives. Problems contributing to stress may include having to give up or reduce hours of work, early retirement, and providing financial and emotional support for their grandchildren.

This book is a valuable resource for practitioners and extension educators who work with grandparents raising their grandchildren. It provides a wealth of information and a basis on which national and state-run services can evaluate their current policies and devise funds, services, and programs that will help this growing population successfully raise their grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826119988
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/12/2005
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert Hayslip, Jr., PhD, received his doctorate in Experimental Developmental Psychology from the University of Akron in 1975. After teaching at Hood College in Frederick, MD for three years, he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas, where he is now Regents Professor of Psychology. Dr. Hayslip is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Gerontological Society of America, and The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and has held research grants from the National Institute on Aging, The Hilgenfeld Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His published research deals with cognitive processes in aging, interventions to enhance cognitive functioning in later life, personality-ability interrelationships in aged persons, grandparents who raise their grandchildren, grief and bereavement, hospice care, death anxiety, and mental health and aging.

Julie Hicks Patrick, PhD, received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology/Applied Cognitive Aging from The University of Akron (Ohio). She has held appointments as Project Director for three federal grants related to family caregiving in Cleveland, Ohio, and Peoria, Illinois (Bradley University). In 1998, she joined the faculty at West Virginia University as an Assistant Professor in Life Span Psychology. Dr. Patrick's research includes questions in social cognition, family caregiving, and successful aging. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of aging and cognition.

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Table of Contents

  1. Contributors

    Foreword

    Preface

    Section 1: Diversity Across Individuals

  2. Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: The Effects of Work Disruptions on Current Work Hours and Income, Rachel Pruchno and Dorothy McKenney
  3. Determinants of Role Satisfaction among Traditional and Custodial Grandparents, Bert Hayslip Jr., Jeff R. Temple, R. Jerald Shore, and Craig E. Henderson
  4. Diversity and Caregiving Support Interventions: Lessons from Elder Care Research, Sarah. H. Qualls and Karen A. Roberto
  5. Diversity in the Need for Formal and Informal Social Support among Grandparent Caregivers: A Pilot Study, Jennifer King, Bert Hayslip, Jr., and Patricia L. Kaminski

  6. Section 2: Diversity Across Age and Gender
  7. Age, Health, and Custodial Grandparenting, Bert Hayslip, Jr., R. Jerald Shore, and Michelle A. Emick
  8. Grandmothers' Diaries: A Glimpse at Daily Lives, Carol. M. Musil and Theresa Standing
  9. Depression and Caregiver Mastery in Grandfathers Caring for their Grandchildren, Philip McCallion and Stacey R. Kolomer
  10. African American Grandmothers: The Responsibility Continuum, Rosalyn D. Lee, Margaret E. Ensminger, and Thomas A. LaViest
  11. Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: The Vulnerability of Advancing Age, Catherine Chase Goodman
  12. Gender Differences Among Custodial Grandparents, Bert Hayslip, Jr., Patricia L. Kaminski, and Kristie L. Earnheart

  13. Section 3: Cross Cultural and Intra-Cultural Variation
  14. Cross Cultural Differences in Traditional and Custodial Grandparenting: A Qualitative Approach, Bert Hayslip, Jr., Annabel H. Baird, J. Rafael Toledo, Cecilia Toledo, and Michelle A. Emick
  15. Grandparent Caregiving Among First Nations Canadians,Esme Fuller- Thomson
  16. Social Support Among Custodial Grandparents within a Diversity of Contexts, Steven J. Kohn and Gregory C. Smith
  17. Stress-Related Factors Amongst Primary and Part-Time Caregiving Grandmothers of Kenyan Grandchildren, Paul Odhiambo Oburu and Kerstin Palmérus

  18. Section 4: Variation Across Race and Ethnicity
  19. Latina Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren: Acculturation and Psychological Well-being, Catherine Chase Goodman and Merril Silverstein
  20. African American Grandmothers as Health Educators in the Family, Jeffrey A. Watson, Suzanne Randolph, and James. L. Lyons
  21. Religious Beliefs and Practices Among African American Custodial Grandparents, Martha R. Crowther, Leslie M. Swanson, Rachel L. Rodriguez, Melissa Snarski, and Hyoun-Kyoung Higgerson
  22. A Stress Process Model of Grandparent Caregiving: The Impact of Role Strain and Intrapsychic Strain on Subjective Well-Being, Rachel L. Rodriguez and Martha. R. Crowther
  23. The Voices of Black Grandmothers Parenting Children with TANF Assistance, Tammy L. Henderson and Jennifer L. Cook

  24. Epilogue: Toward an Understanding of Diversity Among Grandparents Raising their Grandchildren, Julie Hicks Patrick and Bert Hayslip, Jr.

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