Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Joanne DeWit

Second Advisor

Sally Vliem

Third Advisor

Lisa Singleterry


adolescent, youth, caregiving, young caregivers’ experience, and young carers


In today’s society, the population is aging, and any member of the family could find themselves in the role as an informal caregiver. Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 years old may have these caregiving responsibilities, and it is imperative that healthcare professionals recognize and support this change of roles. A literature review revealed a general lack of research from within the last five years regarding adolescent caregivers. Those studies that were analyzed in the review presented themes of depression, anxiety, lack of education, and insufficient social supports for the adolescent. An unfolding case study was then designed to fill the gap within recent literature, to address these themes, and to provide education to healthcare professionals on the topic.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation