Carers


Assessing the mental health of parents caring for a son or daughter with learning disabilities: secondary data analysis of Scotland’s Census 2011

 

Background 

An increasing number of parents in the United Kingdom (UK) are continuing to care for their son or daughter with learning disabilities over a prolonged period of time. While caregiving can be an extremely positive and rewarding experience, it can also have a negative impact on the general and mental health of parent carers. To date there has been a gap in the research which looks at the health of this group of adults in Scotland. By analysing Scotland’s Census 2011, we can identify the general and mental health of parent carers. This is now possible as Scotland’s Census 2011 provides information about long-term problems, including learning disability, which provides a unique opportunity to analyse data about the whole population of people with learning disabilities and their carers’.

Aims and Objectives

This study will help us to better understand the general and mental health of parent carers of a son or daughter with learning disabilities. With this information, parent carers can be provided with the right information at the right time about the supports available locally and nationally and the range of help to support them (including training and advice) to look after their son or daughter with an learning disability and access professionals who can help them, all of which is highlighted in Scotland’s Keys to Life strategy.

A poster on this project can be viewed below.

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