Lived Experiences and Attributes of Custodial Grandparents that Influence Their Grandchild's Early Learning and Development: A Phenomenological Study

dc.contributor.advisorCaruso-Woolard, Cassandraen_US
dc.contributor.authorArmstrong, Anitaen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorArmstrong, Anitaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-20T18:33:52Z
dc.date.available2022-07-20T18:33:52Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-05en_US
dc.degree.committeeBates, James, S.en_US
dc.degree.disciplineInterdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadershipen_US
dc.degree.grantorGraduate Schoolen_US
dc.degree.levelEdD (Doctor of Education)en_US
dc.degree.nameEd.D. Program in Leadershipen_US
dc.description.abstractOver the last decade, the United States has experienced a steady rise in the number of children who are placed in out-of-home care, due in large part to the opioid epidemic. When children cannot live with their parents, kinship care is the preferred placement option because it helps children maintain a sense of stability, familiarity, and connection to family culture. A majority of these relative caregivers are grandparents who take on full-time caregiving responsibility for their grandchildren. Custodial grandparenting differs from typical parenting and other kinship caregiving. The focus of this study was the nonnormative experience of grandparents raising grandchildren. A phenomenological research design was used to explore the lived experiences and attributes of grandparents with custody of a preschool-age grandchild enrolled in Head Start. The study took place in the state of Ohio in the Midwestern region of the United States. The findings draw attention to grandparent-headed families as a specific family form with unique strengths, challenges, and needs. The findings also reveal a gap in the supports and services necessary to promote resilience and well-being among caregivers and children in grandparent-headed families. This study contributes to existing research on grandfamilies and informs professional learning and continuous improvement within child and family serving systems.en_US
dc.description.noteProQuest Traditional Publishing Optionen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/137109
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCreighton Universityen_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraskaen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is retained by the Author. A non-exclusive distribution right is granted to Creighton University and to ProQuest following the publishing model selected above.en_US
dc.rights.holderAnita Armstrongen_US
dc.titleLived Experiences and Attributes of Custodial Grandparents that Influence Their Grandchild's Early Learning and Development: A Phenomenological Studyen_US
dc.typeDissertation
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