Addressing the Health and Mental Health of Kinship Caregivers
Find resources that discuss the health and mental health challenges that kinship caregivers and their families face, as well as resources that address ways to provide support.
Caring for Their Children's Children: Assessing the Mental Health Needs and Service Experiences of Grandparent Caregiver Families (PDF - 2130 KB)
Smithgall, Mason, Michels, LiCalsi, & Goerge (2006)
Provides a rich portrait of grandparent caregivers' experiences that draws on a family perspective and highlights a number of service-utilization issues. The interviews reveal the role of the absent parent and the presence of mental health needs.
Coping Resources: Effects on the Psychological Well-Being of African American Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Moore & Miller
Journal of Health and Social Policy, 22(3/4), 2007
Investigates how the coping resource factors of intergenerational solidarity, informal social support, and spirituality enhance the psychological well-being of African-American grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
Counseling Grandparents Parenting Their Children's Children: Case Studies
In Parenting the Custodial Grandchild: Implications for Clinical Practice
Provides guidelines on how to counsel multigenerational families. The chapter explores the impact of grandparents as surrogate parents on the quality of mental health and the level of stress, and offers specific suggestions to reduce intergenerational conflict and to promote increased well-being and life satisfaction for both grandchildren and grandparents.
Delivering Culturally Sensitive Health Messages: The Process of Adapting Brochures for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Hawai'i
Health Promotion Practice (2009)
Reviews the process of designing a series of brochures in a culturally sensitive manner for grandparents raising grandchildren in Hawaii. Pilot tests of draft brochures included national source material on topics important to grandparents: self-care, service use, addiction, and grandchildren's difficult behaviors.
Factors Associated With the Psychological Health of Grandparents as Primary Caregivers: An Analysis of Gender Differences
Journal of Intergenerational Relationship, 7(2-3), 2009
Examines common and differential factors associated with the psychological health of grandfathers and grandmothers living with their grandchildren without the parents of the child. Results indicate different factors related to a lower level of the psychological health of grandmothers and grandfathers.
Grandparent Caregivers' Health and Management of Prescription Medication
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 7(2-3), 2009
Presents a picture of grandparent caregivers' health and prescription medication adherence. Caregivers were interviewed about their physical and mental health and prescription medication use. The article gives results on the relationship of health and prescription medication use.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Perceived Neighborhood Risk as a Predictor of Emotional Well-Being
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 19(5), 2009
Assesses the living conditions of grandparents raising grandchildren and how such environments may affect their emotional well-being. The article discusses the findings and practice implications, and suggests that neighborhood conditions should be addressed in psychosocial assessment protocols used to understand the needs of this underserved population.
Inside the Research: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Long-Term Challenge
Chapin Hall (2009)
Reports on the findings of a study of grandparents raising grandchildren in Illinois to explore their well-being, their perceptions of the children's well-being and needs, and the degree to which both groups access services to ease their problems
Intergenerational and Interconnected: Mental Health and Well-Being in Grandparent Caregiver Families
Smithgall, Mason, Michels, LiCalsi, & Goerge
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 90(2), 2009
Studies the factors affecting grandparent-caregiver families' apparent underutilization of mental health services, such as problem identification, expectations about services, accessibility, and timing of service use. The study suggests the well-being of grandmothers and that of their grandchildren are inextricably linked in a bidirectional relationship.
Mental Health Needs in Kinship Care Should Be a Priority (PDF - 202 KB)
Mental Health News, 12(4), 2010
Discusses the reasons kinship caregivers provide care to relative children and the mental health challenges faced by children and adolescents in kinship care. The article shares recommendations from a workgroup convened to determine why kinship caregivers have difficulty accessing mental health services.
The Mental Health of Rural Grandparents Rearing Their Grandchildren (PDF - 2161 KB)
Bailey & Letiecq
Focal Point, 22(2), 2008
Reviews grandparent headed households in Montana to evaluate grandparent caregiver well-being and examine the stressors related to caregiver depression.