The health, well-being and future opportunities of young carers: a population approach

Robison, O.M.E.F. , Inglis, G. and Egan, J. (2020) The health, well-being and future opportunities of young carers: a population approach. Public Health, 185, pp. 139-143. (doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2020.05.002) (PMID:32622221)

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Objectives: There is a lack of evidence on the health-related impacts of being a young carer. This article takes a population approach to young carer research specifically to investigate the prevalence of young carers and explore differences in their health, well-being and future expectations. Study design: This is a cross-sectional regression analysis. Methods: Secondary analysis of a representative Scottish secondary school survey was undertaken. Pupils with caring responsibilities were identified, and their outcomes in terms of physical and mental health and postschool expectations were analysed. Results: Almost one in eight (12%) surveyed reported caring for someone in the household. Young carers' physical and mental health and psychosocial outcomes were significantly poorer, and they were significantly less likely to see themselves entering further or higher education. Conclusion: This research suggests that Glasgow could have many more young carers than previously thought and provides clear evidence that young people's outcomes are influenced by carer status.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Adolescent, inequalities, informal caregiving, young adult carers, young carers.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Egan, Mr James and Robison, Dr Oonagh and Inglis, Mr Greig
Authors: Robison, O.M.E.F., Inglis, G., and Egan, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:Public Health
ISSN (Online):1476-5616
Published Online:01 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Public Health 185:139-143
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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