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Understanding resilience in family carers

Broadhurst, Sarah (2019) Understanding resilience in family carers. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent, University of Kent. (KAR id:81495)

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Background: Many family carers report suffering high levels of stress as a central part of the caregiver experience. Recently research has begun to examine the role of resilience in enhancing the capacity of individuals to 'bounce back', enabling them to continue to care. Resilience has been defined as 'the process of, capacity for, or outcome of successful adaptation despite challenging or threatening circumstances.'

Conclusions: Resilience (as defined by carers) would be a useful construct in helping professionals to understand that the key issue is the huge journey of change carers must move through. A common understanding of a social justice model of carer resilience might focus carer strategies on the different types of support carers require at different points in the carer journey to enable them to adapt to these massive changes. Translating policy into practice for carers will require a common understanding of carer resilience, an ability to measure it, a commitment to supporting carers across the carer journey and a more insightful understanding by policy makers of the challenges carers face. There needs to be an increase in studies that involve carers across care groups, across relationships and across the carer journey rather than studying carers in silos. There would be value in future research building on cost-analysis evaluation methods in attempting to gauge both the 'merit' and 'worth' of carer support services.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Murphy, Glynis
Thesis advisor: Gore, Nick
Uncontrolled keywords: Family Carers Resilience
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2020 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:13 UTC
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