“Social support and grandparent caregiver health: One-year longitudinal findings for grandparents raising their grandchildren”

Hayslip, Bert, Heidemarie Blumenthal, and Ashley Garner. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 70, no. 5 (2015): 804-812.

This article examines the relationship between social support and overall health of grandparents raising grandchildren. Using results from a 1-year longitudinal study of 86 grandparent participants, the authors found that social support predicted health and study participants cited greater social support also reported greater overall health: including decreases in depressive symptoms and the adverse effects of parental stress.