To measure grandmothers situation, relationship to grandchildren, challenges and needs, we are recommending the following (IRB materials–Due April 7):
Questionnaire (including demographics): GMC survey July 9
Five standardized scales:
Social support: 1. DUFSS ready for IRB
Self-efficacy: 4. Estonian Self Efficay Scale _ready for IRB
Stress: 3. Perceived Stress Scale_ready for IRB
Health: 2. Duke Health Profile_ready for IRB
Parenting problems and confidence: 5. CAPES
To get a non-clinical sample, and given the primacy of African American churches in the lives of the community, we will recruit through churches. Not only do African Americans engage in community churches, but European Americans also as they get older are more active in church activities for social/ spiritual connections.
The plan is to start with a needs assessment ‘GMC Survey’ in Charlotte at large urban churches. Susan will meet with church leaders (possibly volunteer if they identify a need) to map out the options of doing in-person surveys at church events.
Given the dynamics of busy grandmothers, the most likely success will be to deliver ‘pencil & paper surveys’ in person (PI and assistants), and then convert the data into a web database such as Qualtrics.
We have also secured a website, Grandmothers.Space, for online surveys.
We will use a postcard to advertise Grandmothers.Space.
The GMP sponsored by World Vision (2010), is a comprehensive project across non-Western societies. Read more: Grandmother Project-non-Western
RESEARCH PLAN (March 20, 2015)
- Needs assessment
- IRB –documents due Tuesday, April 7, by 5PM
- Write needs assessment (survey, and interview-guide)
- Develop a sampling strategy
- Write a comprehensive literature review (Love, DeBonis & Knott)
- Go to the Carolina’s for Fall Semester to conduct the needs assessment
Grandmothers Count: Empowering grandmothers to promote child nutrition, health & development
RESEARCH QUESTIONS–see emerging list: What do we want to study
Will empowering grandmothers, in families and communities, improve child nutrition, health and development (CNHD)?
Will empowering grandmothers, in families and communities, for CNHD, improve the health of the grandmothers?
James Herndon (2010) Herndon, GM Hypothesis argues that “women who remained vigorous beyond their fertile years may have enhanced their reproductive success by providing care for their grandchildren”…read more
The purpose of Grandmothers Count.org is to generate ideas and strategies to empower grandmothers. Given their unique and coveted position in the family, informed and supported grandmothers can improve child nutrition, health, learning, and safety. Moreover, connecting grandmothers may also improve her health and wellbeing and that of her community.
The Grandmothers Count.org website is intended to promote a dialogue. It will also be a place to gather ideas, articles and videos.