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Daily life for young adults who care for a person with mental illness: A qualitative study
Gothenburg University, Psychiatric and Mental Health care, The Institute of Health and Care Science, Sahlgrenska Academy.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Division of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5705-5705
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences.
Sahlgrenska University Hospital,Department of Psychiatry.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 19, no 7, p. 610-617Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study describes the daily life and management strategies of young informal carers of family members or friends with mental illness. Twelve young adults (three men and nine women; 16-25 years old) in Sweden were voluntarily recruited between February and May 2008. Data collected through eight individual semi-structured interviews and one focus group interview were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The findings revealed nine subthemes that were further grouped into three main themes: showing concern, providing support and using management strategies. Participants lived in constant readiness for something unexpected to happen to the person they cared for, and their role in the relationship could change quickly from family member or friend to guardian or supervisor. Supporting a friend was considered as large a personal responsibility as supporting a family member. Their management strategies were based on individual capacities and their ability to step aside should the situation become too demanding. These young informal carers need support in caring for the mentally ill. As the internet becomes increasingly fundamental to daily life, support could be provided most effectively through person-centred web sites. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 7, p. 610-617
Keywords [en]
Caregivers, Caring, Mental illness, Social support, Young adults
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4616DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01829.xISI: 000306856600006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84864305756ISBN: 13510126 (ISSN) (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-4616DiVA, id: diva2:560313
Available from: 2012-10-12 Created: 2012-09-06 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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