The well-being of young people who care for a dependent relative: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93499
Title:
The well-being of young people who care for a dependent relative: An interpretative phenomenological analysis
Authors:
Bolas, H. (Helen); van Wersch, A. (Anna); Flynn, D. (Darren)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. School of Social Sciences and Law; University of Teesside. School of Health.
Citation:
Bolas, H., van Wersch, A. and Flynn, D. (2007) 'The well-being of young people who care for a dependent relative: An interpretative phenomenological analysis', Psychology & Health, 22 (7), pp.829-850.
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Psychology & Health
Issue Date:
Oct-2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/93499
DOI:
10.1080/14768320601020154
Abstract:
Developing health care systems have placed an emphasis on unpaid, informal care giving from family members as a community health resource. It is estimated that there are between 19,000 and 51,000 young carers in the UK who are at increased risk of physical and psychological ill health. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the personal experiences of young carers in relation to their well-being using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Semi-structured interviews were carried out with five young carers and the verbatim transcripts served as the data for an IPA. Three themes emerged: (1) what caring means; (2) isolation and distancing from others; and (3) integrating caring. The participants struggled to make sense of caring, found it relentless, overwhelming and frustrating. They experienced stigma, which led to secrecy and withdrawal, cutting them off from their social worlds and the benefit of social support. They actively sought to integrate caring into their emerging sense of self and identity, and derived a sense of pride from caring and used this to combat feelings of uncertainty and isolation.
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
young people; carers; well-being; health; experiences
ISSN:
0887-0446
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 03/03/2010]
Citation Count:
2 [Scopus, 03/03/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorBolas, H. (Helen)en
dc.contributor.authorvan Wersch, A. (Anna)en
dc.contributor.authorFlynn, D. (Darren)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-03T11:04:56Z-
dc.date.available2010-03-03T11:04:56Z-
dc.date.issued2007-10-
dc.identifier.citationPsychology & Health; 22 (7): 829-850en
dc.identifier.issn0887-0446-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14768320601020154-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/93499-
dc.description.abstractDeveloping health care systems have placed an emphasis on unpaid, informal care giving from family members as a community health resource. It is estimated that there are between 19,000 and 51,000 young carers in the UK who are at increased risk of physical and psychological ill health. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore the personal experiences of young carers in relation to their well-being using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Semi-structured interviews were carried out with five young carers and the verbatim transcripts served as the data for an IPA. Three themes emerged: (1) what caring means; (2) isolation and distancing from others; and (3) integrating caring. The participants struggled to make sense of caring, found it relentless, overwhelming and frustrating. They experienced stigma, which led to secrecy and withdrawal, cutting them off from their social worlds and the benefit of social support. They actively sought to integrate caring into their emerging sense of self and identity, and derived a sense of pride from caring and used this to combat feelings of uncertainty and isolation.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 03/03/2010]en
dc.subjectyoung peopleen
dc.subjectcarersen
dc.subjectwell-beingen
dc.subjecthealthen
dc.subjectexperiencesen
dc.titleThe well-being of young people who care for a dependent relative: An interpretative phenomenological analysisen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. School of Social Sciences and Law; University of Teesside. School of Health.en
dc.identifier.journalPsychology & Healthen
ref.citationcount2 [Scopus, 03/03/2010]en
or.citation.harvardBolas, H., van Wersch, A. and Flynn, D. (2007) 'The well-being of young people who care for a dependent relative: An interpretative phenomenological analysis', Psychology & Health, 22 (7), pp.829-850.-
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