Exploring the public’s knowledge about kinship care: a cross-sectional study

Joann Lianekhammy, J. Jay Miller, Eun Koh, Janet S. Kurzynske

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Public knowledge can be integral to building broad-based support for programs and policies related to kinship care. Despite this importance, few, if any, studies have examined this topic. This exploratory study utilized a convenience sample (N = 993) of Kentucky residents to assess their perceived and actual knowledge about kinship care, and investigated their knowledge discrepancies. Overall, results indicate that participants tended to overestimate their general knowledge about kinship care. Significant differences in discrepancy scores were detected by participants’ race, education level, work, and kinship experiences. This study offers a number of pragmatic practice and research implications for assessing and garnering broad-based support for strengthening service provisions for kinship caregivers and youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-595
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 20 2019

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  • Kinship
  • knowledge
  • public perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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