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Children caring for parents with mental illness : by Jo Aldridge

By Jo Aldridge

Little is understood in regards to the stories of kids dwelling in households plagued by serious and enduring psychological sickness. this can be the 1st in-depth learn of kids and youngsters taking good care of mom and dad affected during this manner. Drawing on basic learn info gathered from forty households, the ebook provides the views of youngsters (young carers), their mom and dad and the most important pros in touch with them. young ones taking good care of mom and dad with psychological ailment makes a useful contribution to the starting to be proof base on parental psychological affliction and results for kids. It: -[vbTab]is the 1st research-based textual content to check the reviews and wishes of youngsters taking good care of mom and dad with critical psychological illness;-[vbTab]provides the views of kids, mom and dad and key execs involved with those families;-[vbTab]reviews present clinical, social, baby security and younger carers literatures on parental psychological sickness and outcomes for kids; -[vbTab]provides a chronology and consultant to proper legislation and coverage affecting younger carers and oldsters with serious psychological illness;-[vbTab]makes concrete ideas and recommendations for bettering coverage practice;-[vbTab]contributes to the starting to be proof base on parental psychological sickness and results for kids and households.

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Poverty and social exclusion (Dearden and Becker, 2000a). Limited opportunities for taking part in leisure and other activities (Aldridge and Becker, 1993a). Health problems (Becker et al, 1998; Hill, 1999). Emotional difficulties (Elliott, 1992; Dearden and Becker, 1995, 1998). Educational problems (Marsden, 1995; Dearden and Becker, 1998; Crabtree and Warner, 1999). Limited horizons and aspirations for the future (Aldridge and Becker, 1993a, 1994). Stigma ‘by association’, particularly where parents have mental health problems or misuse alcohol or drugs, or have AIDS/HIV (Elliott, 1992; Landells and Pritlove, 1994; Imrie and Coombes, 1995).

Göpfert et al talk about the risk of intensifying “the negative effects of pathologising commonly associated with professional responses to serious mental health problems” (1996, p 2). Service users themselves have also talked about dehumanising mental health services (see Perkins, 2000). And in his follow-up work with 32 mental health service users, Philo (1996) 25 Children caring for parents with mental illness found that respondents were undermined by a medical diagnosis that they understood, largely from media representations and mental health service delivery processes, to be stigmatising.

Indeed, over half of all these young people would not generally be considered to be young carers (particularly the 8% of young people whose parents regularly depended on them for support for emotional problems arising from divorce, separation or bereavement). What is clear, however, is that around 4% of the young people in the NSPCC survey could be defined as young carers because, during their childhood, they regularly had to care for someone in their family who was ill or disabled. 19 Children caring for parents with mental illness Making sense of the data It is hard to reach definitive conclusions about the prevalence of young caring since each of the studies reported above relate to different groups of people – that is, some refer to carers, others to young people in general – and to different age bands.

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