The Gerontologist, Vol 32, Issue 6 744-751, Copyright © 1992 by The Gerontological Society of America
Black grandparents rearing children of drug-addicted parents: stressors, outcomes, and social service needs
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park 16802.
This article reports findings from two qualitative studies of black
grandparents and great-grandparents who are rearing their children's
children as a consequence of parental drug addiction. Data were collected
in two urban black communities from 60 grandmothers, grandfathers, and
great-grandmothers (ages 43-82). Only 3% of the respondents received
consistent, reliable familial support in their role as surrogate parents.
Although respondents found parenting their grandchildren an emotionally
rewarding experience, they also incurred psychological, physical, and
economic costs in performing their roles.