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dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, T. A.
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-07T02:48:44Z
dc.date.available2017-08-07T02:48:44Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10179/11572
dc.description.abstractGrandparent caregivers must seek support and assistance from social service agencies but frequently encounter barriers as they engage with those agencies. This qualitative study drew on the experience of seven grandparent caregivers whose grandchildren presented a range of behavioral, psychological and physical ailments. Semi-structured interviews elicited information about their experiences and then, through the application of phenomenological analysis and ecological theory commonalities in their experiences were highlighted. Findings described five categories of barriers: (1) barriers encountered at a systemic level, (2) a lack of services, (3) agency related barriers, (4) legal barriers and (5) financial barriers. Ecological theory revealed that these barriers had their genesis in the promulgation of an ideology that favored family care over state care. Consideration is given to the differential between the levels of support offered to foster caregivers and grandparent caregivers. The study concludes by offering suggestions for social policy formulators and social service practitioners that would address this differential.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMassey Universityen_US
dc.rightsThe Authoren_US
dc.subjectKinship careen_US
dc.subjectGrandparents as parents -- Services foren_US
dc.subjectGrandchildren -- Careen_US
dc.titleBarriers to services for grandparent caregivers : a study of the barriers encountered by grandparent caregivers as they seek access to services on behalf of their grandchildren : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master in Social Work (Applied) at Massey Universityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineApplied Social Worken_US
thesis.degree.grantorMassey Universityen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster in Social Work (Applied) (M.S.W.)en_US


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