Youth adjustment to parental illness or disability: the role of illness characteristics, caregiving, and attachment

Ireland, Michael J. and Pakenham, Kenneth I. (2010) Youth adjustment to parental illness or disability: the role of illness characteristics, caregiving, and attachment. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 15 (6). pp. 632-645. ISSN 1354-8506

Abstract

This study aimed to (1) examine relations between youth adjustment and three sets of predictors: parental illness/disability characteristics, caregiving, and parent–child attachment, and (2) explore differences on these variables between youths of parental physical illness/disability and youths of parental mental illness. Eighty-one youths between 10 and 25 years of a parent with a physical illness/disability (35%) or a mental illness (43%) completed a series of self-report measures assessing perceived characteristics of the parent's illness/disability, caregiving experiences, and adjustment outcomes. Results revealed a set of predictors of poorer youth adjustment: Gradual illness/disability onset, being male, isolation, lower perceived maturity, and less choice in caregiving. Youths of parental mental illness differed from youths of parental physical illness/disability on emotional distress (worry and discomfort) dimensions of caregiving. Youth– parent attachment security was associated with youth caregiving and there was a trend for attachment to vary according to parental illness/disability type. Findings highlight young caregiving as an important target for service and policy planning.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 05:05
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: young carers; parental illness or disability; caregiving; youth adjustment; attachment
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920202 Carer Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2010.498891
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22212

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