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Children caring for parents with mental illnessPerspectives of young carers, parents and professionals$
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Jo Aldridge

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344007

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344007.001.0001

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Parental mental illness and young caring: research and prevalence

Parental mental illness and young caring: research and prevalence

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(p.1) ONE Parental mental illness and young caring: research and prevalence
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Children caring for parents with mental illness
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Jo Aldridge

Saul Becker

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344007.003.0001

This chapter reviews the relevant and available literature, medical and social research, and child protection and contemporary young carers' studies. It reviews some of the early medical investigations that have helped shape current understanding about symptomatic behaviours and outcomes. The first part of this chapter reviews this medical and social research. The second part reviews data on the incidence of young caring, and in particular on the prevalence of children caring for parents with mental illness.

Keywords:   young carers' studies, child protection, mental health, mentally-ill parents, medical research, young caring

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