• Miriam Magdalen Alum
The outbreak of Covid19 pandemic led to a lockdown in most countries globally confining adolescent young people at home with limited access to essential services critical for their development like education, health, youth services, and recreation. For the adolescent young carers, such measures like physical distancing from family, friends and community only increased their isolation without clear information of where to get support services. This study investigated the feasibility of the Whole Family Approach Model relevance in responding to the psychosocial needs of the adolescent young carers in Lira, Uganda. The study employed a qualitative method of research and adopted a case study design. A total of 3 case studies detailing the lived experiences of adolescent young carers were documented and shared with the researcher, and based on this, semi-structured interview guide was developed and administered to 9 social workers from TPO Uganda and those who worked in the probation and welfare office and sub county level community development offices in Lira district. The study findings from the research highlighted some of the psychosocial needs of adolescent cares as the need for parental love, care and guidance, the need for belonging, for personal freedom to engage in activities that made them happy, built the friendship and offered peer support. In regard to the relevance of the WFAM, findings show that there were significant barriers that hampered the utilization of the approach and therefore it was not fully relevant during covid19 pandemic. It is recommended that social workers should be prepared to contextualize the model approaches that they use, based on the situation at hand rather than a stiff pattern .

Key words: Young carers, Adolescents, whole Family Approach Model, psychosocial needs, COVID-19
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato21 jun. 2021
Antal sider60
ID: 415334803