An investigation of the needs of grandparents who are raising grandchildren

Harnett, Paul H., Dawe, Sharon and Russell, Melissa (2013) An investigation of the needs of grandparents who are raising grandchildren. Child and Family Social Work, 19 4: 411-420. doi:10.1111/cfs.12036

Author Harnett, Paul H.
Dawe, Sharon
Russell, Melissa
Title An investigation of the needs of grandparents who are raising grandchildren
Journal name Child and Family Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-7500
Publication date 2013
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cfs.12036
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 411
End page 420
Total pages 10
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Evidence suggests that children in out-of-home care function better when placed in kinship compared with foster care. Less is known about the functioning of children in the unique form of kinship care where grandparents are caring full-time for their grandchildren in informal care arrangements. As grandparent carers are increasingly taking on this role, it is timely to investigate the functioning of the children in this form of care and the characteristics of the grandparents themselves. We compared the functioning of children in the two types of care. We also investigated carer characteristics, including the relationship between child functioning, social support and daily hassles on carer stress. One hundred fourteen cares and 180 children were assessed on a range of demographic and clinical measures. Children in grandparent care were displaying better behavioural and adaptive functioning than children living with foster carers. Grandparent carers reported higher levels of distress in the carer role. Predictors of carer stress included severity of child behaviour problems and daily hassles. Both group of carers and the children in their care would benefit from increased support from treatment services.
Keyword Child development
Foster care
Kinship care
Looked after children
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 6 NOV 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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