Date of Award

Spring 4-11-1996

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Michael Schock

Second Advisor

Terry Denley

Third Advisor

Beverly Blinde


This exploratory and descriptive study identifies stress associated with surrogate parenting by grandparents by surveying a small sample of grandparents raising their grandchildren in west central Minnesota. It is indicated that parenting a grandchild(ren) may lead to higher levels of stress due to role restriction and social isolation. A self-administered quantitative mail survey with a 45% response rate found grandparents who are employed and have informal- custody arrangements have increased stress, more concerns and increased need for services than grandparents who are not employed and have legal custody. Implications of the findings include the need for support services for grandparents who find themselves in this unexpected role. Further research is indicated to determine the number of grandparents parenting their grandchildren in the geographic area of the study and also to identify coping skills of resilient grandparents.


SC 11.MSW.1996.Haugrud.JB

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