Volume 8, Issue 5, September 2020, Page: 115-122
Grandparents Challenges, Experience and Coping Strategy in Raising Grandchildren: The Case of West Showa Zone in Ambo Town, Ethiopia
Alemneh Birhanu, Department of Social Work, College of Social Science and Humanities, Ambo University, Ambo, Ethiopia
Received: Aug. 5, 2020;       Accepted: Sep. 1, 2020;       Published: Sep. 14, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20200805.13      View  249      Downloads  120
The aim of this research study was to examine challenges and its coping strategies that are experienced by grandparents in caring for their grandchildren. In order to investigate the research problem, a qualitative research method and snowball sampling design was applied with a total of 21 grandparents. Descriptive phenomenology was the approach employed for conducting this study. These research finding substantiated that there are many reasons why Grandparents find themselves in raising grandchildren. Some of the most common reasons are HIV/AIDS related death, mental illness, loss of job by their parents, a teen pregnancy, and other circumstances contribute to reasons children are being raised by grandparents. The result of the study also revealed that there are several challenges that encounter grandparents in raising grandchildren. More specifically, grandparents are found to experience social, economic, psycho-emotional challenges, such challenges made various obstructions for grandparents in raising their grandchildren. Findings from this study further indicated that even though grandparents are old enough and have health problems they have attempted to apply different mechanisms to cope their financial hardship to overcome the cost living condition to raise their grandchildren. generally, The results of the study show that the grandparents and their grandchildren have needs that call for greater attention to be given as the available services and service providers need to be attentive to their special needs and the need to expand the types and number of services provided for these grandparents and their grandchildren.
Grandchildren, Challenges, Coping Strategies, Grandparents
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Alemneh Birhanu, Grandparents Challenges, Experience and Coping Strategy in Raising Grandchildren: The Case of West Showa Zone in Ambo Town, Ethiopia, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 8, No. 5, 2020, pp. 115-122. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20200805.13
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