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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 University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344007.001.0001

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

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

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(p.65) THREE Children’s experiences of caring for parents with severe and enduring mental illness
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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/9781861344007.003.0003

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

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