Intergenerational and Interconnected: Mental Health and Well-being in Grandparent Caregiver Families
This article was published in, and the following abstract copied from Families in Society.
Research shows that a substantial number of grandparent caregivers are caring for children with developmental delays or emotional or behavioral problems, and that many caregivers have clinical levels of depression. This study explores grandparent-caregiver families’ mental health needs as well as use of and barriers to accessing mental health services. Interviews with families revealed unmet mental health needs and an interconnectedness between grandchildren’s and their grandparent caregivers’ well-being. In the survey component, service providers described problems highly consistent with those reported by grandmothers, including school-related or attention-related concerns among children and depression, stress, and frustration among grandparents. Findings highlight implications for practitioners and policymakers regarding service access, expectations about services, and the fit between clients’ needs and the services available.