This exploratory study examined the experiences of grandmothers raising adolescent grandchildren on probation. Transitions of becoming grandfamilies with involvement in the juvenile justice system were examined, such as when grandchildren first came to live with their grandmothers, then when they became adolescents, and finally when they were placed on probation. This study also looked at the formal and informal support accessed in order to manage the changes that occurred.
The data were collected via face-to-face interviews with 15 grandmothers in the South Central Los Angeles area. Grandmothers also described their 25 grandchildren. Findings revealed that grandmothers experienced elevated stress and worries for grandchildren on probation versus their other grandchildren not on probation. Concerns about becoming involved in substance abuse and the adult criminal system were also major themes, although behavior improved for children placed on probation. Most grandmothers were able to access formal and informal support, although many did not realize they could gain help from the probation officer.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Social work, Womens studies, Individual & family studies|
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