By Ruth Evans

This ground-breaking publication specializes in the reports and views of kids which are taking good care of a dad or mum with HIV within the worldwide North and South. Drawing on unique learn info, this e-book provides a different perception into the similarities and transformations in kid's studies throughout diversified socio-economic, cultural and welfare contexts. This publication makes an important contribution to the growing to be examine facts on youngsters with being concerned duties ('young carers') and the affects of HIV/AIDS on households globally. It examines the affects of caregiving inside households stricken by HIV/AIDS; kid's and households' resilience; the criteria influencing no matter if youngsters get entangled in care paintings; and native and international coverage responses. also, it offers the bills of folks dwelling with HIV and repair prone operating with households. This booklet could be of curiosity to policymakers and practitioners in HIV/AIDS, and to researchers, lecturers and scholars excited by overseas improvement; social coverage; early life and formative years stories; social paintings; future health and social care; schooling; kid's prone; and, nursing and palliative care.

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These figures and proportions are minimums rather than maximums because of limitations inherent within the Census questions and methodology. 1% Total number of (UK young carers average) in UK 83% 9% 8% 100% Total number as % of all young carers in UK Country in UK Source: Becker (2008) The Census figures rely on parents’ self reporting their children’s caring roles, and thus the data are not likely to adequately identify or count children in some caring situations, for example those who may be caring for parents who misuse alcohol or drugs or where there is enduring parental mental ill health or HIV/AIDS.

Explanations for why children and young people become involved in caregiving The reasons why a particular child or young person becomes involved in caregiving within any family in the North or South will be multifaceted and complex. Becker and colleagues (Becker et al, 1998; Becker, 2005) have suggested an analytical framework for understanding the ‘pushes and pulls’ into caring, grounded in their own and others’ research findings and emphasising individual, relational and structural dynamics. Factors such as the nature of the illness/condition, love and attachment, co-residence, family structure, gender, age, socialisation, low income, a lack of choice and alternatives, have all been shown in quantitative and qualitative studies in high-income countries to draw children into caregiving (Becker et al, 1998: 21-6; see also Becker, 2005; 2007).

Experience of poverty and social exclusion were common’ (2000: 32). The authors argued that increasing the school leaving age and reducing eligibility to social security benefits in the UK has extended the period of transition during which young adults are financially dependent on their parents. In their study, none of the parents with illness or disability was engaged in paid employment, and when they had partners few were working. In relation to ill or disabled people, an adequate income enables them to pay for appropriate care and support, reducing the need to rely on family members:‘However, illness, disability and poverty tend to go hand in hand and conversely those families most likely to require social care and support are those least able to afford it’ (Dearden and Becker, 2000: 28).

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