Study 5:

Kin Caregiving in China: Experiences of Non-Parental Caregivers

This study is currently taking place in China with currently separated children and their primary caregivers. There are two major components to this study. The first is a quantitative survey that focuses on children’s physical and emotional health, particularly in regards to their nutrition. The second involves an in-depth interview with adults (typically grandparents and aunts) who have or are currently the primary caregiver of a transnationally separated child whose parents are both in North America. The interview covers the following thematic areas: the experience of raising children whose parents live abroad; caregivers’ views of child development; and how they negotiate caregiving expectations with the child’s parents. This study pushes forward our scientific understanding of factors that affect family and child well being when caregiving is stretched across international borders.

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