“Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren With Disabilities Sources of Support and Family Quality of Life.”

Kresak, Karen E., Peggy A. Gallagher, and Susan J. Kelley. Journal of Early Intervention 36, no. 1 (204): 3-17.

In this article, sources of support and quality of life of 50 grandmother-headed families raising grandchildren with and without disabilities are examined. Comparative analyses revealed significant differences between grandmothers raising grandchildren with and without disabilities in regard to sources of support and family quality of life. Informal support was significantly higher for grandmothers raising grandchildren without disabilities. In addition, grandmothers raising grandchildren without disabilities rated satisfaction with all aspects of family quality of life except parenting as significantly higher than grandmothers raising grandchildren with disabilities. Correlational analyses showed a moderate correlation between sources of support and family quality of life for both groups of grandmothers. While total informal social support was significantly correlated with satisfaction ratings of family quality of life for both groups of grandmothers, total formal support was significantly correlated with satisfaction ratings of family quality of life only for grandmothers raising grandchildren with disabilities. Multiple regression analyses revealed a significant relationship between presence of child disability and satisfaction ratings of family quality of life (Journal of Early Intervention).

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