Methods: Face-to-face interviews were conducted with twenty grandparent caregivers. Interviewees were asked questions related to participants’ social network, social support, and services. Prior to the interviews, using data from surveys participants had completed previously, each participant was identified as representing one of four resilience quadrants: resilient, maladaptive, competent, and vulnerable.
Results: Qualitative analysis of grandparent’s social networks across groups indicated differences between the social networks of resilient grandparent caregivers’ and the social networks of grandparent caregivers in the other groups. For example, the networks of resilient grandparent were structured in a way that provided more opportunities for the inflow of new information and resources. Whereas the proportion of professionals in maladaptive grandparent caregivers’ networks tended to be less than for other networks.
Conclusions and Implications: Findings suggests that for grandparent caregivers, having professionals in one’s network can be beneficial. Additionally, findings from the current study provide opportunities for future research such as identifying ways to help grandparent caregivers structure their social networks to promote resilience.