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Grandmothers Providing Care for Grandchildren: Consequences of Various Levels of Caregiving

Bonita F. Bowers and Barbara J. Myers
Family Relations
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul., 1999), pp. 303-311
DOI: 10.2307/585641
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585641
Page Count: 9
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Grandmothers Providing Care for Grandchildren: Consequences of Various Levels of Caregiving
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Abstract

This article explores the differences between grandmothers who provide different levels of caregiving responsibility for a grandchild. One-hundred and one grandmothers participated in the study: 23 who were providing full-time care for a grandchild, 33 who were providing part-time care for a grandchild, and 45 who visited a grandchild regularly but had no caregiving responsibility for that grandchild. Results showed that the grandchild's behavior problems made the largest impact on the grandmother, increasing her feelings of burden and parenting stress and decreasing her grandparenting satisfaction. In addition, full-time caregiving grandmothers experienced more burden and parenting stress and less grandparenting satisfaction than part-time caregiving grandmothers. Full-time caregiving grandmothers also reported less life satisfaction than other grandmothers in the study. An area that deserves attention in future studies is how the relationship with the adult child (the grandchild's parent) influences the stress, burden, and satisfaction associated with full-time caregiving.

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