Divorced grannies provide more childcare – new research
Grandparents often play an important role in childcare, but some are more involved than others, University of Canterbury Social Work Associate Professor Gretchen Perry has found.
University of Canterbury social work Associate Professor Gretchen Perry
“My research focuses on non-parental caregiving, who provides support to children beyond their parents, and what the associated outcomes are,” she says.
With over 25 years of social service and social work experience, Associate Professor Perry returned to academia after realising that the assessment tools she had been trained to use did not adequately address the complexity and nuance of extended family caregiving.
She completed a PhD in cultural anthropology in 2016, and joined the Social Work department at UC, researching non-parental caregiving from a cross-cultural perspective, with attention to both the theoretical and practical aspects of grandparental caregiving.
“My interest in non-parental caregiving was born out of my experience as a child protection worker in Canada, where I worked with many families who, for various reasons, were struggling to provide for the needs of their children.