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The role that African-American grandmothers play when an adult female child is incarcerated reinforces the elevated status within the community that black grandmothers have always had.
In this Essay, I will primarily focus on: (1) the history of African-American grandmothers in the United States; (2) their status when they take on the role of raising grandchildren of their incarcerated children; and (3) the impact of mass female incarceration on these children.
The West African culture and tradition of caregiving across generations through the extended family carried over into America, (24) and most African-American grandmothers pride themselves on being the glue that holds their families together.
Perhaps the biggest difference in how the gender entrapment theory applies to battered African-American women who are incarcerated and the African-American grandmothers who are left as caretakers of their children is the grandmothers' ability to survive and to help their families under such poor circumstances.
From one generation to another, African-American grandmothers have been at the forefront of caring for members of their family.
Assata Zerai's research with African-American grandmothers raising their cocaine-exposed grandchildren substantiates many legal and practical barriers that make difficult their efforts to provide good care for these young family members.
It's searching for African-American grandmothers age 50 or older, living with a grandchild 18 or younger in homes that do not include the grandchild's parents, to participate in a three-year national study on the psychological well-being of such grandparent care-givers.
Rodgers and Jones conducted interviews with 19 African-American grandmothers, ranging in age from 47 to 74.
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