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ERIC Number: EJ784025
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Grandparents in a Parental or Near-Parental Role: Sources of Stress and Coping Mechanisms
Lumpkin, James R.
Journal of Family Issues, v29 n3 p357-372 2008
Although about 11% of grandparents are raising their grandchildren, a larger percentage provide a significant amount of care and serve in a near-parental role. Both parental and near-parental roles create stress. The stressors that these grandparents face and the strategies that they use to cope were investigated in this descriptive, exploratory study. Those high in the near-parental role used coping strategies to a greater degree than did those who considered themselves low in this role. The near-parental-role grandparents reported using problem-focused strategies and dealing with the problems causing the stress head-on with a plan of action. They rely on their faith to make something good out of the situation. The grandparents also used the emotion-focused tactic of escapism and dreamed of the situation's "just going away." They also relied on social support and not just themselves to cope with the stress. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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