While the vast majority of family caregivers struggle to find balance between different roles in their lives, young adult caregivers are faced with the atypical challenge of caring for family member while simultaneously accomplishing developmental tasks typical of this stage in life (e.g., establishing career, developing romantic relationships). This exploratory, qualitative study examined strategies used by young adults to adopt family caregiving roles. These strategies can be described as embracement, compromise, and integration. While each approach allowed for the young adult to facilitate their caregiving role, additional research is needed to understand how the strategy affects the emerging adult’s development.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Adult Development|
|State||Published - Jun 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Kirsten Smith was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the NIH NIDA during the preparation of this manuscript. Natalie Pope received partial funding support from the University of Kentucky to conduct this study.
© 2021, This is a U.S. government work and not under copyright protection in the U.S.; foreign copyright protection may apply.
- Caregiving role
- Role theory
- Young adults
- Young caregivers
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Life-span and Life-course Studies