The Impact of Caring for an Older Relative on Adolescent Development
by Kelly Foyle, Dept. of Psychology
Mentor: Dr. Donna Cohen, Dept. Aging & Mental Health
Thesis Committee: Dr. Krista Kutash, Dr. Jessica McIlvane
Research in the area of young caregivers is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. The first national U.S. survey of young caregivers showed over 1.3 million children ages 8-18 were providing care for an older relative, and 72 percent were caring for a parent or grandparent (NAC/UHF, 2005). While young caregivers may suffer in academics, caregiving tasks may also impact their ability to participate in activities outside of the classroom, therein creating life experiences different from their non-caregiving peers (Tatum, 1999). The Entire PDF Poster is here.