Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Grandparents as child Carers: The Case of Zambian Grandmothers
Author(s): Francis Sichimba
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate grandmother involvement in childcare in Zambia. Grandparental involvement and gender differences in childcare were explored using a survey instrument. The study involved 80 grandmothers drawn from Ng’ombe and Chazanga townships in Lusaka, Zambia. The mean age of grandmothers was 52.59 years, SD = 7.40. The minimum age was 40 years and maximum age was 81 years. It was hypothesized that grandparental involvement in childcare is existent. It was also hypothesized thatgrandparents from the maternal side performed more childcare than paternal side. The findings suggest that grandparents are involved in the care of their grandchildren and perform a lot childcare functions. Results also showed that grandparents from the maternal side were more involved in childcare than paternal side. Based on these findings, it is concluded grandparents are important in proving complimentary childcare in Zambia.