"“All work and no play: What are some of the barriers experienced by young carers due to their caring responsibilities?”

Verrill, Amy (2017) "“All work and no play: What are some of the barriers experienced by young carers due to their caring responsibilities?”. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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For the purposes of this literature review I will be focusing on two key themes associated with young carers. They are: mental health and the expectations of caring in relation to gender.

I have chosen these two themes because prior to the literature review I knew very little on how caring responsibilities impacted on mental health or gender and the expectations of caring. There has been an 83% growth in young carers aged between five and seven years (Office for National Statistics, 2011). In 2011 statistics show there were 166,363 young carers, compared to around 139,000 young carers in 2001 (Department for Education, 2010).

The aim of the literature review is to raise awareness for the two key themes and the impact this has upon a young carer. Also, recommendations for social work practice will be emanated from the literature review. Using thematic analysis this literature review will analyse the relevant and historical literature to understand the barriers experienced by young carers and how they impact on assessments undertaken by social workers.

The findings from the literature review concluded that there is still limited research on the gender expectations of caring and the level of care young males provide. Young females have been represented higher in the literature with regards to caring duties and also have a higher percentage of developing a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression (Abraham and Aldridge, 2010). Moreover, there is still uncertainty with the percentage of male carers suffering from anxiety and depression as evidence suggests young males who suffer from a mental health condition fail to seek help due to stigma and a sense of emasculation (Conrad and White, 2016).

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Social Work
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young carers, mental health, social worker, gender, informal care, Children Act 1989, Care Act 2014
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Departments > Social Work
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:33
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:33
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2885

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