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We invite all young adults aged 18 to 26 years, who identify themselves as being, or in the past having been, young carers, to take part in this study.

We are asking for your personal views on how being a carer affects you and how you feel about what you do. The information we collect, from you and other young adult carers, will be used to gain a better understanding of young carers’ lives and well-being.

The questionnaire should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. If you should wish to, you are able to save your answers and come back to it at a later time.

As a thank you for taking part, you will be given the opportunity to enter into a Prize Draw to win one of four Amazon vouchers worth £25 each at the end of the questionnaire.

 

Information about this Study

The number of children and young adults caring for a family member with a disability, chronic illness, mental health condition or other care need, is growing worldwide.  Young carers often spend a substantial amount of time regularly carrying out significant caring tasks and taking on adult levels of responsibility. 

Well-being is a general term used to describe how well someone is feeling and functioning in everyday life.  More researchers are now looking at how children and young adults’ well-being is affected by providing unpaid care for other family members, and how they can best be supported.  The awareness of the issues facing young carers is also increasing in UK government and among practitioners working in health, social care and education.  

Most research and government strategies have concentrated on young carers as a group and the issues they all have in common.  It has, however, been shown that the impact of being a carer is different for young people caring for someone with a condition such as a physical disability or physical long-term health condition, compared to caring for someone with a mental health condition.  What those differences are and what causes them, is, however, not straightforward.

This research therefore aims to look more closely at the differences in the everyday lives and well-being between young carers caring for family members with different conditions and care needs.  The survey assesses the well-being of young adult carers, particularly aiming to establish if there are significant effects from caring for someone with a mental health condition that are different from the effects of caring for someone with a purely physical condition and what these are.