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Predictors of depression in young carers: a population based longitudinal study

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posted on 2024-02-14, 09:39 authored by Aoife Bowman GrangelAoife Bowman Grangel, Jennifer McMahon, Nikki Dunne, Stephen GallagherStephen Gallagher

Caregiving in adolescence, specifically when directed towards a parent, is associated with increased depression. This study examines whether young carers caring for their parents are more likely to be depressed than those caring for other family members and non-caring youth. Using data from two waves of the Growing Up in Ireland study (N = 3,312), the above associations were examined cross-sectionally (Aged 17; T1), and longitudinally (Aged 20; T2). The role of parent and peer relationship quality in predicting depression was also examined. Compared to non-carers, carers of parents were 3.67 times more likely to be depressed at T1, but not at T2. Moreover, young carers of parents who were depressed reported lower peer attachments, as well as lower quality relationships with their parents. Logistic regression analyses showed these relationships to be predictive of depression. This research is discussed in terms of supporting young carers from a family-based perspective.

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International Journal of Adolescence and Youth 29(1), 2292051

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Taylor & Francis Group

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Irish Research Council grant number [GOIPG/2023/2478]

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