Is there a Care Gap for Young Carers in Canada? Edmonton Community Agencies’ Perspectives
AbstractThis paper presents the findings of a study exploring the perspectives of community agencies in Edmonton, Alberta on issues related to young carers (young people who are primary caregivers to a family member or friend who is ill, disabled, or has other conditions needing care or support). Four themes emerged from the qualitative research: lack or awareness and recognition of young carers; language and terminology used to label young carers; lack of community support; and the need for policy development relevant to young carers. The study draws attention to a group of young people who remain hidden and unrecognized in Canadian society.
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