The first cross-national study of adolescent young carers aged 15--17 in six European countries

Feylyn Mercedies Lewis, Saul Becker, Thomas Parkhouse, Stephen Joseph, Valentina Hlebec, Maja Mrzel, Rosita Brolin, Giulia Casu, Licia Boccaletti, Sara Santini, Barbara D'Amen, Marco Socci, Renske Hoefman, Nynke de Jong, Agnes Leu, Daniel Phelps, Elena Guggiari, Lennart Magnusson, Elizabeth Hanson

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This paper provides an original cross-national profile of adolescents who provide unpaid care to ill or disabled family members ('Adolescent Young Carers/AYCs') in six European countries. Utilizing an online survey, 2,099 AYCs were identified in Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This paper focuses on the impact of care onto their mental health well-being, physical health, and education, as well as their preferences for informal and formal support. These groundbreaking findings help promote a 'rights' approach for AYCs, which can serve as a critical driver for supportive policy creation on both a country-specific and Pan-European level.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Care and Caring
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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