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Hisp Health Care Int. 2018 Mar;16(1):11-19. doi: 10.1177/1540415318757219. Epub 2018 Mar 1.

Latino Solo Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Health Risks and Behaviors.

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1
1 Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA.
2
2 University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The purpose of this descriptive report is to provide the first representative information on the sociodemographic profile and the prevalence of mental and physical health conditions of two "at-risk" groups of Latino caregivers: solo grandparent caregivers and single parents.

METHODS:

The 2012 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System was used to compare five dimensions of health on a sample of Latino solo grandparents and Latino single parents, raising their grandchildren/children alone. Bivariate and logistic regression comparative analyses were conducted on study measures.

RESULTS:

Latino solo grandparents have a high prevalence of chronic health conditions, including arthritis (51%), depression (40%), diabetes (34%), and asthma (34%). Latino single parents have lower but troubling health risks, including depression (22%), diabetes (14%), and asthma (14%). Differences between the two groups were largely due to the grandparents older age.

DISCUSSION:

Latino solo grandparents have a high prevalence of several chronic medical conditions. The prevalence of disorders is much lower for Latino single parents, although they too have disturbing health risks.

CONCLUSION:

Latino solo grandparents perform their parenting role under intense physical and emotional strain. Health professionals can be instrumental in facilitating interventions that affect the well-being of this expanding family group.

KEYWORDS:

Hispanic health behaviors; Latino custodial grandparents; mental health; physical health

PMID:
29493293
DOI:
10.1177/1540415318757219
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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