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ERIC Number: EJ867926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Young Carers: Mature before Their Time
Charles, Grant; Stainton, Tim; Marshall, Sheila
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v18 n2 p38-41 2009
There is a population of remarkable young people who may go unnoticed due to the absence of overt acting out behaviors. Often mature beyond their age, they are forced by family situations to assume care-giving roles which are usually the responsibility of parents and elders. Being placed prematurely in adult caring roles potentially may have both positive and negative consequences. In Europe, such young people are called young carers and are seen as needing support in coping with extraordinary family responsibilities. "Young carers" are children or youth who assume adult responsibilities in their vulnerable families. In North America, if they are noticed at all, they are most often given negative labels such as parentified children. Rather than supporting them in their family responsibilities, people pathologize their situation and remove them from their home or put them in therapy. This article provides an overview of young carers and the services they need within their communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America