8
views
0
recommends
+1 Recommend
0 collections
    0
    shares
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: not found

      The health of grandparents raising grandchildren: results of a national study.

      American Journal of Public Health

      Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Child, Child Custody, statistics & numerical data, Educational Status, Family, Family Health, Geriatric Assessment, Health Status, Health Surveys, Humans, Logistic Models, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Parenting, Personal Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Socioeconomic Factors, United States

      Read this article at

      ScienceOpenPMC
      Bookmark
          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.

          Abstract

          This study sought to compare the functional and self-rated health of grandparents raising grandchildren with that of noncaregiving grandparents. A secondary analysis of data from the 1992 to 1994 National Survey of Families and Households was conducted. Bivariate and logistic analyses compared 173 custodial and 3304 noncustodial grandparents in terms of functional health limitations, self-rated health, and satisfaction with health. Custodial grandparents were significantly more likely to have limitations in 4 of the 5 activities of daily living (ADLs) examined, with more than half reporting some limitation in 1 of the 5 ADLs. A logistic regression analysis indicated that caregiving grandparents had 50% higher odds of having an ADL limitation. Caregivers were significantly more likely to report lower satisfaction with health, and a statistical trend indicated that the caregivers had lower self-rated health. Further research is needed to determine whether the differences observed reflect artifacts or actual differences in functional abilities and other health measures. The need for policies that support rather than penalize grandparents raising grandchildren is stressed.

          Related collections

          Author and article information

          Journal
          10474557
          1508757

          Comments

          Comment on this article