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Online steun voor jonge mantelzorgers : wensen- en behoeften van jongeren voor een online zelfhulpprogramma

Weijkamp, E.W. (2015) Online steun voor jonge mantelzorgers : wensen- en behoeften van jongeren voor een online zelfhulpprogramma.

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Abstract:Background: The aim of this study is to investigate the wishes and needs from young carers from 12 to 21 years old with regard to interests, features, content and design to a new way of designing an online self-help program. Young carers are people between 12 and 21 years old with a mental or somatic restricted or sick parent, (little) brother or (little) sister. Nowadays there is too less attention for these people and they weren’t informed by (online) self help. Method: Respondents (N=15) were interviewed by means of a semi-structured interview schedule. Half of these youngsters are connected with SIZ Twente. The interview questions were sent to these carers. prior to the interview. By young carers beyond 18, their parents were asked for permission. They were first asked about their demographics, previous support and internet use and after that to their own wishes for an online self-help program. They were also asked to desired functionalities including information (tips, links and experience stories), participation (tests, exercises and games) and contact (professional or with peers). This is done, inter alia, on the basis of various screenshots. Possible content is discussed on the basis of theme tickets. In this way also wishes in respect of the design are mapped. Finally, they were asked about how they think the program could get attention The data is analyzed by means of inductive coding. Results: The interviewed young carers were very excited about making an online self-help program. Many of them did know of the existence of help for young carers in general. They would like to get information and tips on the program which offers them help on how they can cope with the situation in the best manner and how they can help their family the best. They are very interested in contact with peers to share their experiences with others and also to help each other. They also want to be able to get in contact with a professional. Tests and exercises seem useful to the respondents when there is clear feedback and tips are given. Discussion and conclusion: The young people are excited and curious about an online self- help program. According to the prediction, there seems too less attention to young carers. It is remarkable that they don’t only want to do it for themselves, but also to help others. They should this program, partly against expectations, would like to share with their parents. It should be a program with a base of information and innovations with tests, exercises and experience stories. It have to look nice but also serious and clear. On the findings of this research it is recommended to create an online self- help program.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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