Grandparents raising grandchildren

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Parenting stress and the use of formal and informal child care : associations for fathers and mothers.

Craig L and Churchill B
Journal of Family Issues v. 39 no. 12 2018: 3203-3224
Though nonparental childcare is increasingly relied upon, little is known about how it affects the emotional and psychological strains of parenting. This article investigates the association between the amount and type of nonparental care and parenting stress, drawing on data from employed parents of preschool children participating in the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The study finds that greater use of nonparental care was associated with higher levels of parenting stress for fathers and mothers, suggesting that though outsourcing care may relieve parents of some child-related chores, it does not address role strain and is not as psychologically beneficial as the input of a co-parent. However, the study also finds that parenting stress is significantly lower, for both fathers and mothers, if the care is provided informally by family members.

Understanding families over time : research and policy

Holland J and Edwards R
Houndmills England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
"Based on a large-scale qualitative longitudinal study of the life course conducted in the UK (Timescapes Study), this unique collection reveals close-up - and in their own words - the experiences of children and young people, parents, and older generations. The participants' lives and times are explored through multiple accounts of their changing trajectories. Collectively, the contributions examine family and generational relationships in all their complexity as they change and develop. Tackling a diverse group of people from varied backgrounds and geographical locations, each individual chapter is concerned with particular stages of the life course, delivering policy-relevant findings to address individual and family lives over time. [This book] also has a methodological twist: change and continuity through biographical, historical and generational time are integral aspects of the overall study."

Grandparents raising their grandchildren : acknowledging the experience of grief.

Backhouse J and Graham A
Australian Social Work v. 66 no. 3 2013: 440-454
The grandparent-as-parent role is a growing social issue both within Australia and internationally. This paper explores the experience of grief as reported by grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The data presented are part of a larger qualitative study that investigated the lived experience of 34 grandparents who have taken on the full-time care of grandchildren when their own children have been unable to parent them. In-depth interviews conducted with the grandparent participants and analysed through a three-layer narrative analysis reveal the paradoxical dimension of grandparents' experience as they navigate the complex issues that characterise their predominantly unanticipated role. While all of the grandparents referred to the benefits, satisfaction, and joy of taking on the parenting of grandchildren, their narratives were deeply imbued with experiences of loss and grief. The discussion analyses this experience in relation to grief theory and posits that the complex and disenfranchised nature of grandparents' grief means it often goes unacknowledged, including in the policies, programs, and services developed to support grandparents-as-parents.

Grandfathers: their changing family roles and contributions.

Wilton V and Davey J
Wellington, NZ : Families Commission, 2006
Research from around the world on the role of grandfathers is analysed, and the situation of grandfathers in New Zealand examined. The report discusses demographic trends and social change, the roles of grandfathers and grandmothers, New Zealand information on grandparents, older men and gender roles, life course development, the experience of grandfatherhood, grandfathers as surrogate parents, ethnic differences, and grandfathers and intergenerational factors.

A report of a national survey of grandparents conducted in 2004 by Grandparents Australia Inc.

Grandparents Australia Inc.
Kensington, Vic. : Grandparents Australia Inc., 2004.

The social context of early childhood in Australia.

McDonald P
Unpublished, 1994, 7p. Paper presented to the Working Conference on Our Children's Futures: Emerging directions for Early Childhood Education and Care, School of Early Childhood, Queensland University of Technology, 6-8 February 1994
There is a tendency in early childhood studies to focus upon the physiological and psychological development of children in isolation from the social context in which the child lives. This can lead to the notion that there is one, ideal or proper way in which children should be nurtured or raised - it remains simply for us to find that way and to agree upon it. Much of the research work on the effects of non-parental care upon children has been driven by this notion. The author argues that there is a need for research which rather than trying to establish the perfect approach to the raising of all children, recognises that children will inevitably be raised in a wide range of social contexts. We need then, he states, to look at approaches which maximise the benefits to children given their own particular social context. This paper describes some of the range of social contexts in which young Australian children live today. These social contexts include: children living only with their mother, grandparent care, labour force participation of parents and work-related child care. Finally the author looks at how governments try to respond to the diversity of the early childhood experience and the family policy options available.
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