Young adult carers: A literature review informing the re-conceptualisation of young adult caregiving in Australia

Journal article


Day, Chantelle. (2015) Young adult carers: A literature review informing the re-conceptualisation of young adult caregiving in Australia. Journal of Youth Studies. 18(7), pp. 855 - 866. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2014.1001826
AuthorsDay, Chantelle
Abstract

The experiences of young adult carers (YACs) have been vastly under-researched, particularly within Australian caregiving literature. This article explores the existence, extent and nature of informal young adult caregiving in Australia, defining YACs as individuals aged between 18 and 25 years who provide unpaid care or support to family members living with chronic illness or disability. The aim of this article is to provide a foundation for the re-conceptualisation of YACs as a distinct carer cohort who, without suitable recognition and specifically targeted support, may experience significantly reduced future life opportunities. The traditional, narrative-based review will first redefine YACs in accordance with overseas literary definitions and will then explore the complex nature and extent of young adult caregiving in Australia. Explanations as to why young adults are increasingly undertaking these informal caregiving roles and how YACs differentiate from their non-carer peers will then follow. Finally, three prominent paradigms, namely the clinical, social capital and carers' rights' perspectives, will be presented to establish a greater understanding of the implications, contextual experiences and unmet civil rights of YACs in Australia.

Keywordsyoung adult carers; informal caregiving; emerging adulthood; contemporary clinical perspective; social capital perspective; carers’ rights’ perspective
Year2015
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Journal citation18 (7), pp. 855 - 866
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1367-6261
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2014.1001826
Page range855 - 866
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
Publisher's version
File Access Level
Controlled
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsR. MacDonald, T. Shildrick and D. Woodman
Permalink -

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/8v1w9/young-adult-carers-a-literature-review-informing-the-re-conceptualisation-of-young-adult-caregiving-in-australia

Restricted files

Publisher's version

  • 5
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month
These values are for the period from 19th October 2020, when this repository was created.

Export as

Related outputs

An empirical case study of young adult carers' engagement and success in higher education
Day, Chantelle. (2019) An empirical case study of young adult carers' engagement and success in higher education. International Journal of Inclusive Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2019.1624843
2018 Queensland NAPLAN review: School and system perceptions report and literature review
Cumming, Joy, Jackson, Christine, Day, Chantelle, Maxwell, Graham, Adie, Lenore, Lingard, Bob, Haynes, Michele and Heck, Elizabeth. (2018) 2018 Queensland NAPLAN review: School and system perceptions report and literature review Australia: Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University.
Enhancing inclusive education through teacher education reforms
Cumming, Joy, Tones, Megan, Day, Chantelle and Heck, Elizabeth. (2018) Enhancing inclusive education through teacher education reforms. In In C. Wyatt-Smith and L. Adie (Ed.). Innovation and accountability in teacher education: Setting directions for new cultures in teacher education pp. 201 - 221 Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2026-2_13