“Something that happens at home and stays at home”: An exploration of the lived experience of young carers in Western Australia
|dc.identifier.citation||McDougall, E. and O'Connor, M. and Howell, J. 2018. “Something that happens at home and stays at home”: An exploration of the lived experience of young carers in Western Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community. 26 (4): pp. 572-580.|
© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd There are approximately 350,000 young carers in Australia, yet their experience is not well understood. Young carers face adversities and disenfranchisement by being a young person in a caring role, and the role can affect other areas of their lives. We explored the lived experiences of young carers, aged 14–25 years (N = 13), from Western Australia through in-depth semi-structured interviews. A phenomenological approach was adopted. A thematic analysis of the transcribed interview data revealed four key themes. “Lessons from the experience” articulates the perceived benefits of the role and the themes: “navigating competing demands,” “desire for normalcy” and “lost in the system” capture the struggles and complexities associated with being a young carer. Although there are challenges to being a young carer, it is something that young carers report can be beneficial and something that is done for those they love.
|dc.publisher||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|dc.title||“Something that happens at home and stays at home”: An exploration of the lived experience of young carers in Western Australia|
|dcterms.source.title||Health and Social Care in the Community|
|curtin.department||School of Psychology|
|curtin.accessStatus||Fulltext not available|
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