Using consumer input to tailor evidence-based parenting interventions to the needs of grandparents

Kirby, James N. and Sanders, Matthew R. (2012) Using consumer input to tailor evidence-based parenting interventions to the needs of grandparents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21 4: 626-636. doi:10.1007/s10826-011-9514-8

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Author Kirby, James N.
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Using consumer input to tailor evidence-based parenting interventions to the needs of grandparents
Journal name Journal of Child and Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1062-1024
Publication date 2012-08
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10826-011-9514-8
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 626
End page 636
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Grandparents provide a significant amount of child care to their grandchildren. However, there is limited research investigating whether grandparents would view a parenting program developed specifically for them as useful. Our study adopted a consumer focused perspective to program design and examined the challenges encountered by grandparents in their role as an informal child care provider. Focus groups were conducted with fourteen grandparents (11 females, 3 males) aged 45–76 years (M = 60.14) the majority of whom provided 11–20 h of care per week to their grandchild. A thematic analysis indicated that grandparents have difficulty managing the relationship with the parents and remembering effective parenting strategies. In addition, grandparents also indicated wanting further strategies to cope with the stressors associated with the role, particularly surrounding feelings of frustration and guilt. These results suggest that grandparents could benefit from a parenting program and this paper argues that an existing evidence-based parenting program should be modified. In terms of implications for program design the inclusion of a module centered on improving grandparent–parent communication and partner support may buffer potential conflict and tension that can arise in co-parenting situations.
Keyword Consumers
Qualitative research
Focus group
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published Online 25 June 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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