Grandmothers, Caregiving, and Transitions

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Researchers Carol Musil (right) and Camille Warner

The Grandmother Study: Part II

The Grandmother Study is conducted at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing of Case Western Reserve University to examine the health of grandmothers and the impact of grandmother’s caregiving on themselves and their families. Guided by Principal Investigator Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, the research team works to understand the central role of grandmothers in a family, how different caregiving changes or stays the same over time and the effects of these situations over time. Currently in the second phase of this study, perceptions of the grandchildren about their connections to their grandmother and views about the family as a whole have been added. 

The more than 450 grandmothers involved in the study have been separated into three categories based on their living arrangements relative to their grandchildren.

The groups include:

  • Grandmothers who have primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren, and whose adult children do not live in the home. 
  • Grandmothers who live in intergenerational households consisting of both their grandchildren and the children’s parents. 
  • The third group is grandmothers who do not live with their grandchildren.

Data will be collected by mailed questionnaire from grandmothers and by telephone from grandchildren at two times, a year apart. In addition, grandchildren who experience a change in their caregiving or living situation related to their grandmother may be invited to participate in an additional telephone interview. This study is supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research and National Institutes of Health.

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Principal Investigator:

Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN