“Grandparents as Parents: Investigating the Health and Well-Being of Trauma-Exposed Families”

Sprang, Ginny; Choi, Moon; Eslinger, Jessica; Whitt-Woosley, Adrienne; and Looff, Rachel.(2014). Center on Trauma and Children Reports. Paper 1.

This paper focuses on the impact that trauma-related stress and emotional difficulties has on grandfamilies and the relationship between grandparent and grandchild. The authors examine data taken from a study conducted on trauma-exposure, stress and emotional wellbeing and whose participants were grandparent caregivers in the state of Kentucky. The results of this study indicated that grandparents with grandchildren who experienced levels of trauma in previous care, experienced higher levels of stress and other emotional and physical health difficulties in raising their grandchildren. Using these results, the authors identify key health service needs for grandfamilies affected by trauma-related issues.

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