Expectations and Prospects of Young Adult Caregivers Regarding the Support of Professionals: A Qualitative Focus Group Study

Hinke M. van der Werf*, Wolter Paans, Geertjan Emmens, Anneke L. Francke, Petrie F. Roodbol, Marie Louise A. Luttik

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Abstract

There is a lack of service provision for young adult caregivers (18-25 years of age). This study aims to describe the expectations and prospects of young adult caregivers regarding support from health and education professionals. A qualitative focus group design was used. Twenty-five young Dutch adults (aged 18-25 years) who were growing up with a chronically ill family member participated in one of seven focus groups. Qualitative inductive analysis was used to identify codes and main themes. Two overarching themes with five sub-themes emerged from the focus group discussions. The overarching themes are: the 'process of approaching young adults' and the 'types of support these young adults require'. The process of approaching young adults contains the sub-themes: 'recognition, attention, and listening', 'open-minded attitude', 'reliability', and 'respecting autonomy'. The types of support this group requires contains the sub-themes: 'information and emotional support'. Health and education professionals should first and foremost be aware and listen to young adult caregivers, pay attention to them, have an open-minded attitude, respect their autonomy, and have the knowledge to provide them with information and emotional support. Further research could yield comprehensive insights into how professionals can meet these requirements and whether these results apply to male young adult caregivers and young adult caregivers not enrolled in a healthcare-related study program.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4299
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2020

Keywords

  • young adults
  • caregiving
  • adulthood
  • family care
  • support
  • professionals
  • PROBLEM BEHAVIOR
  • MENTAL-ILLNESS
  • LIFE
  • CLASSIFICATION
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • RESPONSES
  • FAMILIES
  • CHILDREN
  • PARENTS
  • RISK

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