Increasingly, grandparents have the responsibility for raising their grandchildren. Using Family Stress Theory as a theoretical framework, this study asked the question How can Family Life Education (FLE) be used as a resource to help grandparents raising grandchildren? Focus groups and individual interviews were conducted with grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Findings suggest grandparents raising grandchildren could benefit from education in a variety of areas. There are multiple barriers, however, that participants identified toward the utilization of FLE. Interestingly, grandparents identified their adult children or grandchildren as better suited recipients of FLE. Ultimately, there is a lack of collaboration among services and support for grandparents raising grandchildren. Impact and implications for practice, research, and policy are discussed.
Piper, J. L.,
Markham, M. S.
(2020). Utilizing Family Life Education as a Resource for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 6 (1).
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/grandfamilies/vol6/iss1/8