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Who cares for young carers?

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:341
  1. M J Travis,
  2. T Bruce
  1. Department of Psychological Medicine, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1A 7BE.

    EDITOR, - Sue Jenkins and Candida Wingate1 and Claire Sturge and colleagues2 emphasise the important but neglected needs of young carers. Children's emotional needs are not met when their role in the family is distorted and they are “parentalised” by parents who, unwittingly, become dependent on them. Families change over time. Important changes occur in family roles during adolescence.3 If a child becomes a carer this can lead to a …

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