Project Leader: Scott Beach, Ph.D.
Co-Leaders: Richard Schulz, Ph.D.; Esther Friedman, Ph.D.
The overall goal of this project is to utilize national surveys to examine family support for persons with disabilities across the lifespan. The project will focus on how disability impacts significant health and quality of life outcomes of persons with disabilities and their family supporters, and how family and environmental supports potentially reduce negative outcomes.

The project will investigate these questions across the persons with disabilities populations’ lifespan, family and formal support context, and across a variety of outcomes. The analyses will focus on under-served (e.g., rural, racial and ethnic minority, lack access to formal services); and high-need/high-cost persons with disabilities populations.

Results of this project will be used to inform policies and potential interventions for family supporters of persons with disabilities.


Schulz, R., Beach, S. R., & Friedman, E. M. (2020). Caregiving Factors as Predictors of Care Recipient Mortality. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Download here.