Growing up with disabled parents who use personal assistance (PA) support: Children's views and experiences

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This paper focuses on the experiences of children and young people whose parents employ personal assistant(s) (PAs). It describes findings from a UK-based qualitative doctoral research study which explored the significance, influence and meaning of the PA role in supporting family life. Ten children and young adults aged 8–28 years with lived experience were interviewed face to face as part of this study, which also explored the perspectives of disabled parents and PAs. Findings reveal that PA support can alter both the quality and nature of the parent/child relationship. The provision of personal assistance can support family life and prevent children from becoming ‘young carers’; however, it can also create tension, anxiety and even destabilise family life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-711
Number of pages18
JournalChildren & Society
Issue number2
Early online date24 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • children's views
  • disabled parents
  • PA support
  • personal assistance
  • young carers

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