Karen Young

Contact

k.young.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research

Adam Smith Building

University of Glasgow

G12 8RT

Tel. 0141 330 4651

 

Research Interests

  • Disability
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Care
  • Gender
  • Families and Relationships
  • Social Policy
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Research title

Negotiating Independence and Interdependence : Experiences of People with Learning Disabilities and their Families within a Shifting Policy Environment.

Research summary

PhD Abstract

Social care policy has undergone a major cultural shift in recent years. The shift towards the personalisation of social care aims to enable those who receive care services to exercise choice and control over their support arrangements, thus empowering people to make decisions about their own lives. However, this is underpinned by normative understandings of autonomy and independence which may not reflect the experiences and aspirations of people with learning disabilities and their families. This qualitative study seeks to explore the experiences of adults with learning disabilities and their families during this time of significant policy change as they negotiate complex issues of dependence and independence within family care relationships.

Sponsor / Funder

ESRC 1+3
(Families, Relationships and Demographic Change Pathway)


Teaching

Tutor

2017

  • Social & Public Policy 2B: Policy, Politics and Power

2016

  • Social & Public Policy 1B: Understanding Glasgow
  • Social & Public Policy 2A: Perspectives on Public Policy

2015

  • Social & Public Policy 1A: Foundations of Welfare
  • Social & Public Policy 1B: Understanding Glasgow
  • Sociology Summer School

2014

  • Social & Public Policy 1A: Foundations of Welfare
  • Social & Public Policy 1B: Public Policy Domains
  • Sociology Summer School

2013

  • Sociology Summer School

 

Lectures

2017

Social & Public Policy 2B

  • Disability, Welfare Reform and Austerity

2016

Social and Public Policy 2B

  • Disability, Welfare Reform and Austerity
  • Cash, 'Care' and Conflict: Disability and the Politics of Independent Living

Understanding Health Policy

  • Personalisation Debates in Health and Social Care

 


Additional information

I received my MA (First class Hons) in Sociology in 2012, and my MRes in Equality and Human Rights in 2013, both from the University of Glasgow.

MA dissertation - "Man may work from sun to sun, but mothers' work is never done: Experiences of older women in West Dunbartonshire who support their adult children with learning disabilities"

MRes dissertation - "When the shoe is on the other foot: Experiences of men who care for disabled or elderly relatives".