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Custodial Grandmothering

Grandmother feeding infant


Background:  2.5 million grandparents nationally, and 36,000 grandparents in Kentucky report full-time responsibility for their grandchildren.  As the proportion of custodial grandparents increases, the phenomenon of grandmother care giving as an aging issue deserves concentrated study.  Purpose:  Describe how custodial grandmothers meet the developmental needs of infants and toddlers using environmental, temporal, social, emotional and physical strategies.


Video analysis using the Research Center's Mac System, and Final Cut Pro.
Qualitative analysis guided by principles of grounded theory occurred through
microanalysis of video footage and transcribed interview.

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Related Documents

Poster presented at the Gerontological Society on Aging, 2006
Presentation of research at the Gerontological Society on Aging, 2006, and at
University of Kentucky, 2006.

Contact Information
Dory Marken, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor
(859) 622-2331

Team Members
Dory Marken, EKU
Doris Pierce, EKU
Julie Baltisberger, EKU
Veronique Munier, EKU


2007 - EKU-Occupational Therapy Research Center

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