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Publication date: 25 February 2021

Nekehia T. Quashie, Julian G. McKoy Davis, Douladel Willie-Tyndale, Kenneth James and Denise Eldemire-Shearer

Purpose: Grandparents are common providers of childcare within the Caribbean region. Yet research on the implications of grandparent caregiving for older adultsā€…

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Purpose: Grandparents are common providers of childcare within the Caribbean region. Yet research on the implications of grandparent caregiving for older adultsā€™ well-being is limited. This study examined gender differences in the relationship between grandparent caregiving and the life satisfaction of older adults in Jamaica.

Methodology: Using a sample of 1,622 grandparents 60 years and older drawn from the 2012 study ā€œThe Health and Social Status of Older Jamaicans,ā€ we estimated binary logistic regression models to examine the association between the frequency of grandparent caregiving and the life satisfaction of grandparents.

Findings: Grandmothers were more likely than grandfathers to provide care. We did not find a statistically significant gender difference in the life satisfaction of caregiving grandparents. Yet, gender differences in the patterns of association between grandparent caregiving and life satisfaction were evident. Among grandmothers, both occasional and regular caregiving was associated with higher life satisfaction relative to non-caregivers. Among grandfathers, however, only regular caregiving was positively associated with life satisfaction.

Originality: This is the first population-based study within the Caribbean to examine gendered patterns of grandparent caregiving and the association with grandparentsā€™ well-being. The findings of this study suggest that grandparent caregiving is beneficial to the well-being of older Jamaican men and women. This study challenges assumptions of gender norms that typically do not position men to be involved in caregiving roles, and to derive satisfaction from such roles, within Caribbean households. The authors suggest more attention should be given to interventions to encourage men to be actively involved in family caregiving.

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Aging and the Family: Understanding Changes in Structural and Relationship Dynamics
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ISBN: 978-1-80071-491-5

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Aging and the Family: Understanding Changes in Structural and Relationship Dynamics
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ISBN: 978-1-80071-491-5

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Publication date: 9 October 2017

Tashfeen Ahmad

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Society and Business Review, vol. 12 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5680

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Publication date: 15 August 2011

Wendel Abel, Clayton Sewell, Eulalee Thompson and Teisha Brown

The aim of this paper is to review strategies implemented to improve access to mental health care in Jamaica.

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Purpose

The aim of this paper is to review strategies implemented to improve access to mental health care in Jamaica.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is a review of peerā€reviewed articles, official documents, service data and the WHO AIMS data.

Findings

Despite limited resources, Jamaica was able to shift from institutional care to community care by implementing the appropriate policy framework, building on primary care services, providing mental health beds at the community level, the training of specialized community mental health nurses (mental health officers) and improving access to psychotropic drugs. As a result, the country has developed a more accessible mental health service; the number of patients treated in the community has doubled over the past decade and 67 percent of inpatients are now treated outside of the mental hospital and there has been a reduction in the population of the mental hospital.

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The paper illustrates the approach that serves as a model for mental health services in resourceā€limited countries.

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Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-0980

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