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Parental mental illness and young caring: research and prevalence

Jo Aldridge and Saul Becker

in Children caring for parents with mental illness

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9781861344007
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301776 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861344007.003.0001
Parental mental illness and young caring: research and prevalence

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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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