PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING OF CUSTODIAL GRANDPARENTS IN LATINO FAMILIES

Authors

  • Denise Burnette Ph.D.

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      A revised version of a paper submitted to the Journal in June 1998. Research was funded by the Andrus Foundation of the American Association of Retired Persons. The author is at the Columbia University School of Social Work, New York.


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Abstract

This study of 74 Latino grandparents rearing their grandchildren in New York City, found poverty rates to be roughly three times those of grandparent caregivers nationwide and rates of self-reported poor health and depression to be twice as high. Correlates of depression included young age, poor health, greater life stress, few informal supports, and rearing grandchildren with special needs. Intervention needs and directions for future research are discussed.

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