Choice and Independence over the Lifecourse: Final report to the Department of Health

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Between 2006 and 2011 the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of York carried out a programme of research on choice for disabled and older people who need social care support, and their family carers, called Choice and Independence over the Lifecourse. At the heart of the programme was a major long-term study of disabled young people, working age adults and older people as their health and other circumstances changed. We talked to these people over a three-year period about the choices they made as a result of the changes in their lives. We have also investigated the choices that family carers make, particularly when they are involved in making choices with or for a disabled relative, and about carers' own choices about paid work and retirement. To prepare for these studies, we first carried out reviews of existing research so we could build on what was already known about making choices in relation to social care and support.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork
PublisherSocial Policy Research Unit, University of York
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-907265-13-6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameSPRU Working Paper
PublisherSocial Policy Research Unit, University of York
VolumeDHP 2470


  • Choice Behavior
  • disabled adults
  • Social Services

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