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  • Main Title Antecedents of the Psychological Adjustment of Children and Grandparent Caregivers in Grandparent-Headed Families


  • Author: Jooste, Jane Louise
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Hayslip, Bert
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Campbell, Vicki
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Glover, Rebecca
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Becky Glover
  • Committee Member: Smith, Greg
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2007-12
  • Digitized: 2008-01-28


  • English


  • Content Description: Grandparent-headed families are diverse in nature and represent a rapidly growing family type. While challenges facing grandparent caregivers are well documented, less is known about the well-being of their grandchildren, with many early studies relying on small samples of convenience. This study used an existing large national database, the National Survey of America's Families (NSAF), to compare differences in well-being of both children and grandparent caregivers across the independent variables of family type, ethnicity, gender, and age. Findings suggested better mental health and less parental aggravation for caregivers in traditional two parent intact families as compared to grandparents co-parenting in a multi-generation home, skipped generation grandparents (raising their grandchild with no parent present) or single parents. Skipped generation grandparents in particular reported most caregiver aggravation. Child physical health was reported to be worse by skipped generation grandparent caregivers. Behavior problems were reported to be worse for children in grandparent headed households than those in traditional families, particularly for teenagers raised in skipped generation households by their grandmothers. Specific results, limitations and future directions for research on grandparent-headed households were discussed.


  • Keyword: Custodial grandparents
  • Keyword: custodial grandchildren
  • Keyword: skipped generation households
  • Keyword: grandparent caregivers
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Adjustment (Psychology) in children.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Adjustment (Psychology) in old age.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Grandparents as parents.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Grandparent and child.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Jooste, Jane Louise
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 229349472
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc5157


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Counseling Psychology
  • Academic Department: Department of Psychology
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas