A QUALITATIVE INVESTIGATION OF STRESS-BUFFERING FACTORS FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
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AbstractA family in which the children are being raised temporarily or permanently by one or more grandparents is an increasing phenomenon in the United States, altering many family dynamics. Research has shown that as grandparents take on primary caregiving responsibilities, they are likely to experience stress. The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative analysis was to increase understanding of the unique grandparent experience of raising grandchildren and distinguish and identify protective, buffering factors to stress. A small sample size of four grandparents were identified, who were currently or had previously raised their grandchildren for at least one year. These grandparents were interviewed about their individual experiences and interviews were analyzed. Specific themes emerged from the data as stress-buffering factors: child factors, community resources, family resources, financial resources, and personal growth. One of the main findings identified the relationship between grandparent and grandchild to be a major buffering factor for grandparent stress. Implications regarding community and professional awareness are discussed as are future research directions.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Family Studies and Human Development