Children's involvement in domestic and ‘caring’ work: new insights

Richard Olsen and Harriet Clarke

in Parenting and disability

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343642
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302902 | DOI:
Children's involvement in domestic and ‘caring’ work: new insights

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This chapter studies the extent of children's involvement in domestic and ‘caring’ work, as well as the context it takes place in. It explores the different factors that might influence the degree to which children are involved in domestic and caring responsibilities, and the nature of any involvement. The first few sections of the chapter examine what the quantitative data can reveal about the identification of children as ‘young carers’, including their involvement and relationship to certain variables. The second half of the chapter is focused on discussing the factors that influence the involvement of children in caring and other work.

Keywords: children; involvement; domestic work; caring work; responsibilities; quantitative data; young carers

Chapter.  13779 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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