Intergenerational parenting from the perspective of African American grandmothers

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Grandmothers primarily responsible for caring for their grandchildren possess strengths and confront challenges. To gain insight into intergenerational parenting, 17 African American grandmothers were interviewed. Based on a qualitative content analysis, seven strategies emerged: maintaining effective communication, taking a strong role in the educational process, providing socioemotional support, involving extended family, involving grandchildren in selective community activities, acknowledging and working with the vulnerabilities, and recognizing children's feelings about the absence of the biological parent(s). Implications for clinical work with grandmothers are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-297
Number of pages18
JournalFamily relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005


  • African American families
  • Intergenerational parenting
  • Kinship caregivers


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