Kyrie Graves, M.S.


Education: Bachelor of Science in family studies and human services (May 2008)

Master of Science in human development and family studies from the University of Missouri

McNair Project: Generativity Among Relative Child Care Providers (2007)

Mentor: Bronwyn Fees, Ph.D.

The purpose of this analysis is to examine the relationship between relative caregiver demographics and their attitudes about the care they provide for their family members or friends. Using the Child Care Assessment Tool for Relatives (CCAT-R), a newly designed instrument that was made to fit the unique needs of relatives who provide childcare, I applied the definition of relative child care to further explore the roles of grandparenting and how it fits in with Erikson's eight stages of man. Grandparenting fits within the middle adulthood stage of generativity vs. stagnation. A generativity score was developed based on the theoretical description of generativity represented by responses to four questions in the caregiver interview. Bivariate correlations were conducted to examine the relationship between (age, income, education level and generativity). No significant relationships emerged. The generativity score had a negative but significant correlation with age and income. There was no correlation between the generativity score and education.