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Support for young informal carers of persons with mental illness: a mixed-method study

Journal article
Authors Lilas Ali
Britt Hedman Ahlström
Barbro Krevers
Nils Sjöström
Ingela Skärsäter
Published in Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume 34
Issue 8
Pages 611-618
ISSN 0161-2840
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 611-618
Language en
Subject categories Nursing


The aim of this study was to explore how young (16–25 year old) informal carers of a person with a mental illness experience and use support. In a mixed method approach, we interviewed 12 young carers, and 241 completed a self-administered questionnaire. While the young carers strive to maintain control, their main support seems to be others in their lives, who often define the situation differently. The carers said web-support, counseling, and group counseling might be helpful, yet very few had any professional support. Young carers are greatly in need of support and it should be provided.

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