The contribution of children to informal care: A Delphi study

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Sociological studies of informal care have documented the contributions of adults, both female and male, however, the contributions of children to care-giving have been relatively under-researched. This paper reports data from a Delphi study of education and welfare professionals with experience of children with caring responsibilities in their family homes. According to these professionals, children are involved in a range of care activities, and often there is a strong emotional component to this care-giving. It is argued that research into informal care needs to recognize the contributions made by children, and that the emotional content of such care-giving is crucial in understanding the character of such care relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-213
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


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