Young grandmother caregivers: An ecological perspective for marriage and family therapists

Shardé Mcneil, Lindsay Murphy

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Abstract

Although multi-systemic perspectives of adolescent mothers have been examined in the literature, very little has taken a broader perspective of the young grandmothers who have taken on the primary or shared care-giving role of the grandchild. This paper takes a multidimensional approach to looking at the contextual factors affecting these young grandmothers using Bronfenbrenner's ecological model. Examining young grandparents based on an ecological model may be useful for marriage and family therapists who encounter a family in which an adolescent is expecting or has given birth to a child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-292
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • Contextual factors
  • Ecological theory
  • Family therapy
  • Grandmother caregiver
  • Teen parents
  • Young grandmothers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Applied Psychology

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