“We’re kind of forgotten about really”: An exploration into the impact of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on unpaid carers of individuals with disabilities

Gass, Amy (2021) “We’re kind of forgotten about really”: An exploration into the impact of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on unpaid carers of individuals with disabilities. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/44FP1M6W

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This research project aimed to identify how the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK impacted unpaid carers of individuals with disabilities. This was achieved through the application of a social constructionism methodological framework aided by the adoption of standpoint epistemology to prioritise the voices of the oppressed- the unpaid carers. The data was collected using an embedded mixed-method approach employing semi-structured interviews and online questionnaires, with a total of 18 participants. The qualitative findings from both research methods were analysed using thematic analysis. The findings from this research concluded that the lives and routines of unpaid carers have been negatively impacted by the Covid lockdown restrictions due to a variety of reasons such as changes in routines causing behavioural problems for the individual they care for. The restrictions also caused issues with activities such as shopping and attempting to adhere to the lockdown regulations whilst being a primary carer. The findings highlighted how issues already faced by unpaid carers were exacerbated in the pandemic, including their financial struggles. However, the findings of this research also concluded that there were positive outcomes of the lockdown which included more time to spend with family. Furthermore, the findings helped examine carers’ views on vulnerability and what it meant to be ‘vulnerable’. It was concluded that the term is not inclusive and ignores the unpaid carers’ inflicted vulnerabilities brought about due to their caring responsibilities. The debates surrounding vulnerability aided the discussion on carers views of inclusivity and it was apparent that more needs to be achieved in order to create a more inclusive society.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Folkes, Louiselfolkes@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/louise-folkes/
Roberts, Hazelhroberts@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/hazel-roberts/
Additional Information: MSc by Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19; UK national lockdown 2020; Unpaid carers; Disabled people
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV40-69 Social Work
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 18 May 2023 11:22
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 16:02
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/12757

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