Growing up Caring for a Parent with a Chronic Condition

Background: Sometimes, long-term illnesses or disabilities mean children and young-adults grow up looking after their parents. Looking after a family member when they are chronically ill can be accompanied by emotional, social and physical burdens.


While there is a substantial amount of research conducted on this care burden for parents of children with chronic illnesses, the impact of caring for a parent during childhood and adolescence on later in life is not as well understood.

Aim: The aim of this study is to explore how caring for one, or both parents during childhood and/or as a young adult may influence how individuals look after themselves later in life.

Participants Wanted:


To take part in this study, and meet us (face-to-face at the University of Surrey or over online software like Skype) to answer some questions about their experiences, you must :

  • Be over 18 years of age

  • Speak English

  • Have cared for one or both of your parents as a primary carer before you were 18 years of age

Taking part: More information is available here but in brief, if you agree to take part in this study:

  • You will be invited to a 1-hour interview during which I will ask you questions about your family and yourself.  The interview can be online (via Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime) or at the University of Surrey in Guildford.

  • You will be given a £5 amazon e-gift voucher in return for your time.

If you are interested, please contact me directly: 

Helena Wells:

Thank you for your interest in this study.