Different Pathways to a Common Destiny

  title={Different Pathways to a Common Destiny},
  author={Sandra Crewe},
  journal={Journal of Health \& Social Policy},
  pages={199 - 214}
  • Sandra Crewe
  • Published 31 December 2006
  • Education
  • Journal of Health & Social Policy
Summary Nationwide, grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon. In the District of Columbia, 19% of children under age 18 live in kincare-headed households. This compares to 8% nationally. This article reports on findings from an AARP focus group study of 40 grandparents raising grandchildren in the District of Columbia. It tells the stories of individuals who have traveled different pathways to arrive at their common destiny of being a grandparent caregiver. It primarily uses… 
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