Using coaching as an enabler to facilitate the adaptation of immigrants to the carer’s role: A case study research.

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

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Aim: This research study aims to examine ‘coaching’, as an enabler to facilitate the adaptation of immigrants to the carer’s role. Background: Chronic disease is a global health concern. One in two Australians are living with at least one chronic condition which impacts on a family, particularly a member of a family who become a primary carer. Coaching has been used as a strategy to facilitate the adaptation of those who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness. However, there is a paucity of research focused on the health and wellbeing of carers who care for a family member. Further, the dearth of research focused on immigrants is paramount. This research study is addressing these gaps in knowledge and examines the feasibility of using coaching to facilitate adaptation of immigrants to the carer’s role. Research approach: The overall research question of this research study is “why is coaching an enabler to facilitate the adaptation of immigrants to the carer’s role.” To answer this question case study research as guided by Yin (2018) will be undertaken. Conceptual framework: Three theories (Berry’s acculturation model, Bowen’s family system theory, and Blood & Wolfe’s resource theory) will be considered as conceptual frameworks for this research study. Method: Three phases (Phase 1: archival records; Phase 2: interview; Phase 3: interview) are planned at this point. Participants: Immigrants who are caring for a family member experiencing chronic illness will be invited for an individual interview for the purpose of exploring what it is like to be an informal carer (Phase 2). This is followed by a coaching intervention consisting of six coaching sessions. Then, participants will be invited to participate in another individual interview (Phase 3) for the purpose of examining the use of coaching to aid adaptation to the carer’s role. Recruitment: Purposeful and snowball sampling techniques will be used to recruit participants. Carer’s support groups will be approached. Additionally, if necessary, a media release will be made to invite potential participants. Data collection and Intervention: Phase 2, the coaching intervention, and Phase 3 will be conducted using either an online platform (i.e. zoom or skype) or over the phone. Interviews (Phase 2 & 3) will be audio-recorded then transcribed for analysis. Coaching Intervention: Will be conducted by an experienced coach who has had formal education in coaching (at least a one-year program). Data analysis: Data analysis will be undertaken using appropriate strategies according to the data collected in each phase. Descriptive statistical analysis and content analysis will be used in Phase 1 depending on the type of archival evidence analysed. Thematic analysis will be used for phases 2 & 3. Knowledge contribution: The outcomes of this research study will contribute to coaching immigrants, health and wellbeing of carers, caring for chronic illness, informal carers, and programs focusing on health and wellbeing of immigrant carers.
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