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Perceived social support received from face to face support group for Irish Family Carers

Millman, Jennifer (2015) Perceived social support received from face to face support group for Irish Family Carers. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Introduction: A family caregiver is an individual who provides a level of care or support to another individual, most commonly a family member who has an illness or disability. The family caregiver looks after the cared for emotional and physical needs similar to a professional carer but with no compensation. Social support protects against the negative impacts of providing care. Perceived social support is the knowledge that there are individuals or groups an individual can go to for support during times of difficulty.

Aims: The main aim of the study was to explore the perceived social support Irish family carers receive from face-to-face support groups.

Method: 35 family carers who attend face-to-face support groups participated in the study. This was a quantitative study. The measures used were the General Health Questionnaire 12 and the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool.

Results: The results showed no significant difference when using a one way between groups analysis of variance to test the difference between the cared for illness and the general health of the caregiver. Results showed no relationship between perceived social support and general health of informal caregivers.

Discussion: The limitations of the study are the small sample size. Future research should have larger sample sizes and start to progress into online support groups.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Non Profit Organisations. Voluntary Sector. > Carers
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015 10:47

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