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Young carers in Australia: understanding the advantages and disadvantages of their care giving

Cass, Bettina, Smith, Clara, Hill, Trish, Blaxland, Megan, Hamilton, Myra,

Published Literature

2009

The study consisted of a literature review, quantitative analysis of existing national data sets, qualitative analysis of focus groups and interview with young carers.

The literature strongly suggests young carers tend to be located in identifiable socioeconomic–cultural circumstances, often in low-income families, and in families of migrant and/or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds where care giving is central to mobilisation of intergenerational resources and strengths.

Overall, the evidence suggests the costs of care are in terms of lower levels of completion of all years of education, lower rates of employment participation, lower levels of household economic resources and lower scores on self-reported mental health for young carers.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : FaHCSIA Social Policy Research Paper No. 38

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Economic participation, Health and wellbeing

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