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ERIC Number: ED409986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-12
Pages: 12
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Caregiving Behaviors which Predict Adjustment of Children Raised by Grandparents.
Jones, Michael R.; Hansen, Carl
This study explored the appropriateness of kinship care placements by examining the adjustment of 46 children, most of whom were Caucasian, in their grandparents' care. Members of support groups for grandparents who are raising grandchildren were solicited for participation in the study. All participants were the primary caregivers of at least one grandchild between the ages of 5 and 18 years and all resided in southern California. Each of the participants completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), the Parenting Dimensions Inventory (PDI) and a family demographic questionnaire. Measures of child adjustment and the caregiving behavior of grandparents were correlated. The results suggested that caregiving behavior high in nurturance and structure with moderate expectations for child behavioral control distinguished children with few behavior problems from those less well adjusted. Approximately 85 percent of children in the study demonstrated behavior problem frequencies below clinically significant levels, suggesting that placement of children with grandparents is a highly desirable alternative to other forms of foster care. This finding compares favorably with the 90 percent expectation for the general population, suggesting that despite numerous risk factors in these children's histories, they can, and often do, make satisfactory adjustments. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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