Project Connect for Grandmothers Raising Teens

Project Connect for Grandmothers Raising Teens
Posted on 11/08/2018
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Kent State University and Arizona State University are conducting a nationwide study to improve the health and well-being of families where grandmothers are raising ADOLESCENT grandchildren in absence of the child’s birth parents. Our findings should lead to better services for these families and improve their quality of life. Known as Project CONNECT, this program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (1R01AG054571-01A1) and approved by Internal Review Board of Kent State University.

Project CONNECT is provided online for free to both grandmothers and their grandchildren (ages 12-18). Participation involves the following:

Completing a survey before the program;

Watching self-paced videos over a 10-week period;

Completing a survey after the program;

Completing follow-up surveys 3, 6, and 9 months following the program;

Some grandmothers and grandchildren may also be asked to complete daily surveys or a telephone interview.

Incentives for participating:   Families will receive a tablet computer, which they can keep afterwards. Grandmothers and grandchildren who finish the study will also receive $150 apiece. Those completing the daily diaries will receive an additional $126, and those completing telephone interviews will receive another $30.

Please share this information with any students of ages 12 to 18 who are being raised by grandparents. Interested families can contact Project CONNECT either  toll-free (855-260-2433) or by email (

Thank you in advance for your kind assistance and support!

Dr. Gregory C. Smith
Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
Kent State University

Dr. Frank J. Inferno
Department of Psychology
Arizona State University