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Through the eyes of a young carer: A photo elicitation study of protective resilience.

Hawken, T., Barnett, J. and Gamble-Turner, J. M., 2024. Through the eyes of a young carer: A photo elicitation study of protective resilience. Qualitative Health Research. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1177/10497323231225167


Caregiving is recognised as a source of stress with potential for negative health impacts as well as positive outcomes and development of resilience. For young carers, children, and adolescents providing care for close family members, adaptation through resilience is crucial, yet work using a resilience approach is limited. This study explored protective factors and pathways to resilience in a sample of young carers, through application of the socioecological model in caring relationships. An in-depth qualitative approach was used, with in-person interviews facilitated by auto-driven photo elicitation. Deductive thematic analysis was applied, framed by three levels (individual, community, and society) of the socioecological model of resilience. Twelve participants (nine girls and three boys) aged 5–18 years, each providing care to a family member, were recruited using opportunity and volunteer sampling via carers’ centres in the southwest of England. Ten key themes were identified, four at the individual level: pre-empting challenges and planning, cognitive strategies, emotional strategies, and seeking solitude; three at the community level: family support, friendships, and pets and inanimate objects; and three at the society level: professional support, access to caregiver activities and community, and being outdoors. The location of themes at each level indicated relevance of the socioecological model to identification of protective factors in a young carer population. These findings have important applications for guidance to charities and organisations supporting young carers. Identification of factors that promote resilience offers support for the development of well-informed interventions, which harness these protective factors to develop resilience and improve health for young carers.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:young carer; photo elicitation; resilience; socioecological model of resilience; protective factors; caregiving
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:39407
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:25 Jan 2024 12:55
Last Modified:25 Jan 2024 12:55


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