‘I just want to be a grandmother, not a caregiver for their kids’ Perceptions of childminding among Pacific grandparents living in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Juliet Boon-Nanai, Sandra Thaggard, Jed Montayre

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Abstract

A growing body of research indicates both positive and negative effects of grandparent childcare; effects that are largely dependent upon the context and intensity of the care are required. Here, we suggest that context to be inclusive of cultural background. Drawing on the indigenous methodological framework, talanoa, the views of 13 Pacific Island grandparents in relation to themes of grandparent childminding are explored, as well its proximity to perceptions of elder abuse. A cultural analysis reveals that traditions specific to the Pacific way of life may lead to increased risk of prolonged childcare. The participants in this study felt that prolonged childminding deprived them of time which could be used to benefit them and their community in the long run. It was viewed as a form of disrespect, as older people are revered and held in high regard in decision making activities from the Pacific worldview. The participants embraced their roles as the knowledge holders of cultural treasures; responsible for teaching children and grandchildren their genealogy and language, and for upholding the protocols of their cultural heritage. However, they felt their contributions were not reciprocated nor valued, but instead exploited.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1599-1607
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • caregiving
  • childminding
  • culture
  • grandparents
  • Pacific elder abuse
  • talanoa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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