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Grandparenting in the United States

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By Madonna Harrington Meyer, Ynesse Abdul-Malak


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The contributors to Grandparenting in the United States, edited by Madonna Harrington Meyer and Ynesse Abdul-Malak of Syracuse University, use a variety of quantitative and qualitative data sets to assess how grandparenting, and its impacts, vary by living arrangements, economic status, education, gender, race, ethnicity, and other stratifying variables. Some papers assess how the provision of financial assistance, particularly during economic downturns, may be easily absorbed or financially detrimental. Others demonstrate how immigrant grandparents navigate multiple sets of cultural expectations to provide childcare to their grandchildren. Some show how Hispanic grandparents acculturation level is linked to childcare and financial transfer across generations. Others emphasize the extent to which schoolchildren with disabilities are more likely to receive grandparent care, particularly if the mother is single. Some reveal how custodial grandmothers are significantly more likely to be poor, face social isolation, and report poorer health. Others enumerate the positive, and negative, impacts of frequent interaction for both generations. In total, the volume underscores the impact of evolving diversification of grandparenting across multiple generations.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Grandparenting in the United States

Madonna Harrington Meyer and Ynesse Abdul-Malak

PART I Grandparenting

CHAPTER 2 Race and Ethnic Differences in Grandchild Care and Financial Transfers with Grandfamilies: An Intersectional Resource Approach

Merril Silverstein and Yooumi Lee

CHAPTER 3 Grandmothers’ Financial Contributions and the Impact on Grandmothers

Madonna Harrington Meyer

CHAPTER 4 Health and Grandparenting among 13 Caribbean (and one Latin American) Immigrant Women in the United States

Ynesse Abdul-Malak

CHAPTER 5 Grand parent-Provided Childcare for Families Raising Elementary School-Aged Children with Disabilities

Peter D. Brandon

PART 2 Co-residential and Custodial Grandparenting

CHAPTER 6 Portrait of American Grandparent Families

Lynne M. Casper, Sandra M. Florian, C. Brady Potts, and Peter D. Brandon

CHAPTER 7 Multigenerational Relationships in Families with Custodial Grandparents

Rachel Dunifon, Kimberly Kopko, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, and Lauren Wakschlag

CHAPTER 8 An Exploration of the Health of Adolescents Raised by Grandparents

Megan L. Dolbin-MacNab

CHAPTER 9 Young Adults’ Perceptions of Living with Their Grandparents During Childhood

Laura D. Pittman, Micah Ioffe, and Chris tine R. Keeports

CHAPTER 10 Noncaregiving Grandparent Peers’ Perceptions of Custodial Grandparents: Extent of Life Disruption, Needs for Social Support, and Needs for Social and Mental Health Services

Bert Hayslip, Jr., Rebecca J. Glover, and Sara E. Pollard

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PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health