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Physical Health of Custodial and Caregiving Grandfathers in North America

  • Julie Hicks PatrickEmail author
  • Danielle K. Nadorff
  • Valerie K. Blake
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


Across North America, the number of grandchildren living with and being raised by grandparents has doubled in the past few decades. Among custodial grandparents, approximately 25 % have at least one disability and more than half are employed full-time. Like grandmothers, custodial grandfathers experience a variety of positive, neutral, and negative effects related to their caregiving role. Drawing on current national surveys and other empirical studies, we illustrate the broad effects of raising grandchildren on the physical well-being of custodial and caregiving grandfathers in the USA and Canada. Specifically, we examine grandfathers’ self-assessed health and self-reported injuries related to caregiving. We also discuss several factors that may negatively influence the health of grandfathers, including household composition, employment, and social stereotypes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Hicks Patrick
    • 1
    Email author
  • Danielle K. Nadorff
    • 2
  • Valerie K. Blake
    • 1
  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA

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