MAES supported research related to building healthy, strong families continued to focus on underserved populations and how new technologies are changing family dynamics and parenting. Some specific projects also address how finances can positively and negatively affect family dynamics. 2018 highlights include:
- A ten-year study of more than 2,000 students in at the University of Arizona led to the identification of some traits that help determine if someone will be good with money after they graduate. Specifically, financial self-sufficiency was the most important trait identified which can be increased through education and training.
- A three-part training module based on research findings on parents with disabilities in the child welfare system was developed and made available for social workers, child welfare workers, foster care parents and others through the Center for Advanced Studies of Child Welfare.
- Research on the role African American grandmothers feel they play in their grandchildren's lives revealed they are very focused on activities to ensure school success and a desire to dispel negative views of African American families. Notably, they also identified their personal legacies as being tied to their grandchildren more than their adult children regardless of the level of success of the latter.
- A study on elder family financial exploitation (EFFE) included work on a new database that includes a sample of 28 family members from 23 different family systems. Results reinforce the complexity of EFFE including that there are often multiple perpetrators and multiple victims within a family system. Additionally, the consequences of EFFE often go beyond financial impact to affect health and wellbeing of direct and secondary victims.