"Who are our support networks?" A qualitative study of informal support for carers

Chan, C.K. ORCID: 0000-0002-9461-8623, Barnard, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-7824-6022 and Ng, Y.N., 2020. "Who are our support networks?" A qualitative study of informal support for carers. Journal of Social Service Research. ISSN 0148-8376

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There is little information about the types of social support and content of assistance for informal carers. This article aims to fill this knowledge gap by studying 37 informal carers in a region of the UK. It was found that adult children were the main source of support for older carers regardless of ethnic backgrounds, minority ethnic carers supported their husband to fulfill traditional caring duties by taking care of mother-in-law in the same household. Young carers received support mainly from uncles and aunts to look after sick parents while adult carers obtained information and peer support from the internet. Surprisingly, support from neighbors was limited. Additionally, social support for carers was undermined by the stigmatization of drug and alcohol misuse and mental illness. It is proposed that different types of online support services and appropriate educational programs need to be offered to carers to set up self-help groups and tackle stigmatization associated with health problems. It is suggested that future studies can use a large representative sample to give a comprehensive picture on the contents of informal support for different types of caregivers and the impact of social support on helping informal carers to fulfill their duties.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Social Service Research
Creators: Chan, C.K., Barnard, A. and Ng, Y.N.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 23 April 2020
ISSN: 0148-8376
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 27 Apr 2020 16:36
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:03
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39746

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