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Health Soc Work. 2001 May;26(2):105-14.

Grandmothers raising grandchildren: are they at increased risk of health problems?

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  • 1School of Social Work, Georgia State University, One University Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA.


Many grandparents faced with the need to raise their grandchildren have health risks that could destabilize any family structure established for the child. This is especially problematic for grandparents of color who have higher health risk factors that their white counterparts. This article describes the physical and mental health status and behaviors of 100 African American grandmothers who are the primary caretakers for their grandchildren. The findings suggest the physical functioning of the grandmothers is at a level that could jeopardize the quality of life with their grandchildren. In spite of their diminished physical capacity, the grandmothers reported that their emotional state is equal to or better than the general population. Suggestions for community practice are provided.

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