Review of research on the health of caregiving grandparents
Article first published online: 20 OCT 2003
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 44, Issue 3, pages 318–326, November 2003
How to Cite
Grinstead, L. N., Leder, S., Jensen, S. and Bond, L. (2003), Review of research on the health of caregiving grandparents. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 44: 318–326. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02807.x
- Issue published online: 20 OCT 2003
- Article first published online: 20 OCT 2003
- Submitted for publication 20 September 2002 Accepted for publication 25 May 2003
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Aim. To provide a critical review of research literature on the health of grandparents raising grandchildren, and identify directions for future research.
Methods. Approaches used to access the research studies for this review included a comprehensive search using relevant electronic databases and a thorough examination of the references in each published study.
Findings. All studies but one were published after 1990. Samples consisted primarily of African-American and Caucasian grandmothers in the United States of America. Earlier studies tended to describe health and other related concepts while more recent studies began to examine relationships between concepts. Most of the studies had a cross-sectional design and only one evaluated interventions. Inconsistencies in the results of these studies were prevalent.
Conclusions. Evaluation studies, longitudinal designs, and more varied study samples including cross-cultural comparisons are needed to advance knowledge about grandparent caregivers’ health.