The caring role – does it affect the emotional wellbeing and life choices of young carers in Ireland? [thesis]

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/141351
Title:
The caring role – does it affect the emotional wellbeing and life choices of young carers in Ireland? [thesis]
Other Titles:
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MA in Youth and Community Studies
Authors:
McKernan, Linda
Affiliation:
Cork City Partnership
Publisher:
Brunel University, United Kingdom
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/141351
Item Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Description:
Taking on the responsibility of caring for a family member who needs support for whatever reason has been taking place for time immemorial. When we think of family caring we assume it is an adult who is undertaking this role. However we now know that in an ever-growing number of cases, it is children and young people who are bearing this charge. Furthermore we also know that for many of these young carers the affect of this responsibility is having a detrimental impact on many aspects of their lives, namely in the areas of emotional well-being and their future life choices. Using a small sample of young carers from various counties in Ireland, the study identifies both the type and scale of responsibility that they are undertaking and also the impacts, which caring has on the aforementioned areas of their lives. The research highlights the fact that there has been little recognition for this group to date and that policy-makers and service providers need to develop ways through which young carers can be supported in the important role they play in Irish society.
Keywords:
CARERS; FAMILY SUPPORT
Local subject classification:
FAMILY CARERS

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcKernan, Lindaen
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-31T09:04:22Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-31T09:04:22Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/141351-
dc.descriptionTaking on the responsibility of caring for a family member who needs support for whatever reason has been taking place for time immemorial. When we think of family caring we assume it is an adult who is undertaking this role. However we now know that in an ever-growing number of cases, it is children and young people who are bearing this charge. Furthermore we also know that for many of these young carers the affect of this responsibility is having a detrimental impact on many aspects of their lives, namely in the areas of emotional well-being and their future life choices. Using a small sample of young carers from various counties in Ireland, the study identifies both the type and scale of responsibility that they are undertaking and also the impacts, which caring has on the aforementioned areas of their lives. The research highlights the fact that there has been little recognition for this group to date and that policy-makers and service providers need to develop ways through which young carers can be supported in the important role they play in Irish society.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBrunel University, United Kingdomen
dc.subjectCARERSen
dc.subjectFAMILY SUPPORTen
dc.subject.otherFAMILY CARERSen
dc.titleThe caring role – does it affect the emotional wellbeing and life choices of young carers in Ireland? [thesis]en
dc.title.alternativeA dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of MA in Youth and Community Studiesen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentCork City Partnershipen
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