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Children’s experiences of caring for parents with severe and enduring mental illness

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/9781861344007.003.0003
Children’s experiences of caring for parents with severe and enduring mental illness

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This chapter presents the perspectives of children caring for parents with severe and enduring mental illness. It discusses the representation of young carers; factors mediating the onset of care by children such as age of young carers, family composition and income and co-residency and consistency; factors influencing children's experiences of living with and caring for parents with mental illness such as co-morbidity, combinative mental and physical illnesses, and social factors, normative standards of family life, and fear of separation and discrimination; the nature of parent-child relationships such as parentification and parent-child attachments; and the effects of caring on children and their needs.

Keywords: young carers; family income; parentification; family life; mental illnesses; parent-child attachments

Chapter.  15091 words. 

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