Grandmother involvement in child caregiving in an urban community

Jane L. Pearson, Andrea G. Hunter, Joan M. Cook, Nicholas S. Lalongo, Sheppard G. Kellam

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In a community-defined, epidemiologic sample in East Baltimore, we examined grandmothers' rates of co-residence and their involvement in four parenting activities. Co-residence rates exceeded the national average. Six types of family households with grandmothers were identified, and their frequency varied by race. Neither grandmother age nor employment was associated with grandmothers' parenting involvement, although family structure was. Grandmothers who were the sole parent (21%) or co-parent with a grandfather (6.5%) were most involved in child care and had the fewest number of helpers. Grandmothers living with single mothers (41%) were the next most involved, while grandmothers in mother/father households (9%) were least involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650-657
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997


  • Grandparent role
  • Grandparents
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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