Assessing Attitudes toward Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

Bert Hayslip, Richard S. Herrington, Rebecca J. Glover, Sara E. Pollard

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This article describes the assessment of attitudes toward grandparent caregivers held by noncaregiving grandparents. Six hundred two grandparents not currently caring for grandchildren completed an 18-item measure of such attitudes. This attitude scale was both internally consistent and multidimensional in nature. Attitudes were more positive for grandparents reporting previous experience caring for a grandchild and such attitudes were in part predicted by one's attitudes toward the current grandparent role, which was also complex in nature. Being able to assess and understand attitudes toward custodial grandparents can contribute to the reduction of others' biases about them and may influence grandparents' future willingness to assume the caregiving role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-379
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • attitudes
  • grandparents raising grandchildren
  • noncaregiving grandparents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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