This talk will cover the biological, psychological and social impact of giving care to a loved one, for both adults and young people.
The scene will be set with an overview of what informal carers are. Then provide the context of caring, especially in young carers in the UK. The biopsychosocial model which underpins the rest of the talk will be outlined.
We’ll then move on to discuss the negative biological and psychosocial impacts of caring, both as an adult and a young person. We’ll also delve into some of the reasons for these outcomes.
Moving on, the talk will look at the positive impact of giving informal care and where these may stem from. Taking into account the how, why and ‘who cares’ – when it comes to researching good outcomes in carers.
Some novel methods used to explore these topics will briefly be covered, ranging from saliva, to hair, to toe nails. We’ll look at the ways that stress, coping and resilience can be measured.
Some recent research findings and a future study will be outlined, showing the research methods in action. The talk will end by thinking about ‘what is the point’ of this research? Why is it important? And what will we ‘do’ with it?
Overall, this talk will cover the current informal caring climate in the UK and explore the impact of caring in adults and young people. Theory will be discussed, some research methods and findings will be talked about. Finally, an argument for a focus on young carers will be presented.
Come along for a talk about inspiring young people, the use of spit, toenails and hair for measuring stress hormones and some exciting new research findings and plans.