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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159707
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Grandparents Who Are Raising Their Grandchildren: Their Health and Well-Being
Abstract:
Grandparents Who Are Raising Their Grandchildren: Their Health and Well-Being
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Gibbons, Cynthia
P.I. Institution Name:Wright State University
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing & Health, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, 150 University Hall, Dayton, OH, 45435, USA
Contact Telephone:937.775.2676
There has been a drastic increase in the number of children who are being raised in grandparent households on a temporary or permanent basis over the last decade but health care providers are just beginning to develop a knowledge base about these new kinship-type relationships. A family systems model was used in this study to describe the health and well-being of grandparents who were raising their grandchildren in order to better plan community-based services for grandparents and their grandchildren. The SF-36, a standardized instrument was used to describe the functioning of grandparents and the 'GAP', a piloted investigator-constructed instrument was used to capture demographics and perceived health and well-being impacts. Two hundred eleven consents and questionnaires were distributed to grandmothers and grandfathers of all-aged children who were associated with urban and rural grandparent groups in a tri-county area, mid-western state and 65 (31%) were returned. Results revealed that while some grandparents enjoyed good health, the majority of grandparents in this study scored well below national U.S. averages. Specifically, results showed despite several trends according to grandparent gender and age and a wide variability in the sample, physical health posed the greatest problem and mental health the least problem. Risk was cumulative. However, the majority of grandparents expressed that raising their grandchildren was a very positive experience for themselves as well as their grandchildren. Thus, in order to best serve these families and nurture their development, health care providers must accurately assess family health - determining those at risk and those not at risk for health problems - and design treatment plans accordingly to maximize health and minimize risk.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleGrandparents Who Are Raising Their Grandchildren: Their Health and Well-Beingen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159707-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Grandparents Who Are Raising Their Grandchildren: Their Health and Well-Being</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gibbons, Cynthia</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Wright State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing &amp; Health, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, 150 University Hall, Dayton, OH, 45435, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">937.775.2676</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cynthia.gibbons@wright.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">There has been a drastic increase in the number of children who are being raised in grandparent households on a temporary or permanent basis over the last decade but health care providers are just beginning to develop a knowledge base about these new kinship-type relationships. A family systems model was used in this study to describe the health and well-being of grandparents who were raising their grandchildren in order to better plan community-based services for grandparents and their grandchildren. The SF-36, a standardized instrument was used to describe the functioning of grandparents and the 'GAP', a piloted investigator-constructed instrument was used to capture demographics and perceived health and well-being impacts. Two hundred eleven consents and questionnaires were distributed to grandmothers and grandfathers of all-aged children who were associated with urban and rural grandparent groups in a tri-county area, mid-western state and 65 (31%) were returned. Results revealed that while some grandparents enjoyed good health, the majority of grandparents in this study scored well below national U.S. averages. Specifically, results showed despite several trends according to grandparent gender and age and a wide variability in the sample, physical health posed the greatest problem and mental health the least problem. Risk was cumulative. However, the majority of grandparents expressed that raising their grandchildren was a very positive experience for themselves as well as their grandchildren. Thus, in order to best serve these families and nurture their development, health care providers must accurately assess family health - determining those at risk and those not at risk for health problems - and design treatment plans accordingly to maximize health and minimize risk.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:15:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:15:37Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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