A web-based fact sheet series for grandparents raising grandchildren and the professionals who serve them

Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Julie Poehlmann, Kari Morgan, Rebecca Shlafer

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Abstract

Purpose: To develop and evaluate a series of web-based fact sheets for grandparents raising grandchildren. The fact sheets focus on child development issues that grandparents may face when raising their grandchildren. Design and Methods: The fact sheets were developed using research on attachment theory, child development, and the needs of grandparents raising grandchildren. The fact sheets can be viewed online or downloaded for free. Evaluation data for the fact sheets were gathered using an online survey. Results: Results of the survey revealed that the fact sheets are used by grandparents and professionals. Respondents reported sharing the fact sheets with others and using them for personal use, in support groups, and as a general agency resource. Implications: The fact sheet series is a useful way to reach both grandparents and professionals working with this audience in a variety of settings. Modifications to the fact sheet series are suggested to address additional needs of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-282
Number of pages7
JournalGerontologist
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

Keywords

  • Grandchildren
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren
  • ICustodial grandparents
  • Web-based education

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