Bridging Aging and Child Welfare: The Case of Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren

By Miriam Landsman and Jennifer Kennedy.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Grandparents caring for grandchildren is an issue
that crosses the fields of aging and child
welfare, yet researchers tend to approach the issue from
one perspective or the other. This paper applies a
knowledge management framework to a content analysis of a
sample of published articles from aging and child welfare
journals. We discuss challenges of managing knowledge
across syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic boundaries and
implications for developing knowledge in a topic that
crosses disciplines.

Keywords: Gerontology, Child Welfare, Grandparents, Grandchildren, Knowledge Management

Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.13-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 578.464KB).

Prof. Miriam Landsman

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Iowa City, USA

Miriam J. Landsman, Ph.D., M.S.W., is an associate professor of social work and Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice at the University of Iowa. At the School of Social Work she teaches courses in research and policy. Her research focuses on organizations and family-centered practice, with an emphasis on child welfare systems. Her research aim is to understand how organizational and environmental factors affect practitioners’ commitment and ability to provide services that strengthen families and reduce reliance on restrictive forms of services. She has received two federal grants for intervention research on supervision practice. She is the Principal Investigator for the federally funded National Resource Center for In-Home Services and a partner with the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.

Jennifer Kennedy

Graduate Research Assistant, School of Social Work, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA

Jennifer W. Kennedy, MSW, is a research assistant for the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice at the University of Iowa. Her academic interests include social policy, political ideology, and poverty studies.