I am a postdoctoral research assistant in health science. I work in a three-year international research project: Psychosocial support to promote Mental health and Well-being among young carers in Europe - the "ME-WE project". Young carers are children and adolescents under the age of 18, who provide significant or substantial care, assistance or support to family members who have a disability, suffer from illness, mental health problems or other conditions connected with a need for care. They assume a level of responsibility that would usually be associated with an adult. The person receiving care and support may be a parent, a sibling, a relative or a friend.
My dissertation in caring science took place in 2016. Since then, I have been teaching psychiatry, ethics and research design, as well as scientific methods, in the nursing program and master's program for nurses. I have also been a supervisor for master's theses.
In my thesis, I studied the housing situation for people with psychiatric disabilities – from the residents' perspectives. During the data collection, I noticed how much responsibility children take when there is a psychiatric disability in the family. I have done the same reflection during my previous work as a nurse, when I have met families where a family member has physical or mental disabilities or illnesses. Through my work in the ME-WE-project, which started in early 2018, I have now the opportunity to study this area and work for the development of interventions to promote mental health and well-being of children and adolescents who take a caring responsibility for a family member or a friend.
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Brolin, R., Syrén, S., Rask, M., Sandgren, A., Brunt, D. (2018). Residents' perceptions of the most positive and negative aspects of the housing situation for people with psychiatric disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. 32. 603-611.
- Brolin, R., Brunt, D., Rask, M., Syrén, S., Sandgren, A. (2016). Striving for meaning : Life in supported housing for people with psychiatric disabilities. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. 11.
- Brolin, R., Brunt, D., Rask, M., Syrén, S., Sandgren, A. (2016). Mastering everyday life in ordinary housing for people with psychiatric disabilities. The Grounded Theory Review. 15. 10-25.
- Brolin, R., Rask, M., Syrén, S., Baigi, A., Brunt, D. (2015). Satisfaction with housing and housing support for people with psychiatric disabilities. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 36. 21-28.
- Brolin, R., Rask, M., Syrén, S., Brunt, D. (2013). Validity and reliability of a Swedish questionnaire for assessing satisfaction with housing and housing support for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 34. 731-738.
Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
- Brolin, R. (2016). "Jag kan öppna fönstret när jag vill" : Boendesituationen för personer med psykisk funktionsnedsättning. Doctoral Thesis. Växjö, Linnaeus University Press. 108.
Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
- Brolin, R., Brunt, D., Rask, M. (2017). "Jag kan öppna fönstret när jag vill" : Boendesituationen för personer med psykisk funktionsnedsättning - ur de boendes perspektiv. Växjö, Institutionen för hälso- och vårdvetenskap, Linnéuniversitetet. 31.