“How Well Does the Safety Net Work for Family Safety Nets?: Economic Survival Strategies Among Grandmother Caregivers in Severe Deprivation”

Pittman, Lashawnda. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 1, no. 1 (2015): 78-97.

This article focuses on poor African American grandmothers and the challenges they face in providing for their grandchildren because of the lack of legal protection that exist for SGHs (skipped generation households). The author analyzes qualitative data obtained by fifty-eight African American grandmothers raising grandchildren in households and argues that policy that limits grandmothers’ access to government safety net programs further exasperates the deprivation of their families.


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