This post is a request for your participation with a research project I am conducting under the supervision of Dr. Brandon Youker, a professor in the School of Social Work at Grand Valley State University. The title of my research project is The Experiences of Caregiving for a Parent Diagnosed with Schizophrenia. This project explores adults who are caregiving for their parents with schizophrenia. Knowledge and information generated from this study may help others understand what caregiving is like.
I hope that you might help me connect with caregivers (or yourself) so I can hear their stories, experiences, and perspectives. Interviews may be conducted in person if you live in the Greater Grand Rapids area or over Skype if you live elsewhere in the United States.
Below is further detail regarding the eligibility of research participants as well as an abstract.
What qualifies someone to be involved in this study?
· Caregivers who are adult children for their parent.
· The care recipient has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
· The caregiver is the primary caregiver to his/her parent.
· The caregiver has been caregiver for at least 6 months.
· The caregiver is willing to share his/her experiences and thoughts.
Who are adult children for this study?
· Adult children are those 18 years of age or older
· Children can be biological, step-children, or adoptees who were raised in the same home as the care recipient.
For questions about the study please contact:
Phone: (616) 422-3190
This project seeks to answer the question: What are the experiences of being the primary caregiver to a parent diagnosed with schizophrenia? Thus, the purpose of this project is to learn about the experiences and perspectives of being a caregiver to a parent diagnosed with schizophrenia by obtaining detailed descriptions of these experiences and depth of emotional disclosure. More specifically, the topics and questions will focus on the impact that caregiving has had on the caregiver’s physical, social-relational, mental-emotional, spiritual, and economic/financial experiences. Data will be collected using six to eight semi-structured face-to-face interviews at an agreed upon private location or over skype.