One of the objectives of the Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran & Caregiver Research is to learn about the lived experiences of youth in Veteran caregiving households and identify strategies to assess and support these youth.
Why talk to youth about caregiving?
In a recent survey conducted through partnership of the Dole Foundation, UT School of Public Health Houston, and Wounded Warrior Project, almost all 500 military and Veteran caregiver respondents reported the presence of youth and children in the home. The most frequent age groups were 12-14 and 15-18. The majority of these youth were involved in caregiving activities, ranging from household tasks to providing emotional support.
Whether they see themselves as a caregiver or not, we recognize youth have unique insights into the needs of families with a wounded, ill, or injured Veteran family member.
Who can participate in this study?
We hope to recruit 50-60 youth, parents, and/or guardians in this study. Youth who are living in Texas, ages 12 – 18, and who are part of a Veteran caregiving household may be eligible to participate. Parents and/or guardians of these youth will also be asked to participate and to provide consent for their youth to participate.
What are the goals of the study?
Data collected in this study will help our research team…
What will happen in this study?
This study is conducted completely virtually. Parents and youth will work with the study team through online platforms such as email, video calls, and online surveys.
What will parents and youth do in this study?
Who do I contact with questions about participating in the study?
If you would like more information about this study, or are interested in participating in the study, please email our study team at LIVE_Youth@va.gov