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Journal article

Carers

Author:
BECKER Saul
Journal article citation:
Research Matters, 2001, pp.28-33.
Publisher:
Community Care

A new initiative to support carers in the United States mirrors the national carers strategy in the UK. But there are important differences, such as the role of insurance in the provision of long term care. Looks at some recent research studies, in particular a study to understand how long-term care insurance for disabled older people can affect the lives of their working care givers.

Journal article

Disability rights and the denial of young carers

Authors:
ALDRIDGE Jo, BECKER Saul
Journal article citation:
Critical Social Policy, 16(3), August 1996, pp.55-76.
Publisher:
Sage

Research, debate and policy on young carers has been welcomed by the carers movement and children's rights practitioners alike, but challenged by some disability rights authors who suggest defining the children of disabled parents as 'young carers' serves to undermine both the rights of disabled people and the rights of children. Here the authors respond to the disability rights critique on behalf of academics working in the field of young carers, policy-makers and practitioners and, more importantly, on behalf of children who care.

Journal article

The price of caring

Authors:
BECKER Saul, ALDRIDGE Jo
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 20.1.94, 1994, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Through talking to long-term sick and disabled people the authors found out how much the parents depended on their children for their physical and, in many respects, psychological well-being. The research also showed a complex matrix of relationships within the family and between the family and professionals. What was clear is that child carers were neglected both from within the family and from outside. Suggests how professionals must address this issue.

Journal article

Young carers' transitions to adulthood

Authors:
DEARDEN Chris, BECKER Saul
Journal article citation:
Childright, 167, June 2000, pp.8-10.
Publisher:
Children's Legal Centre

Reports on recent research by the Young Carers Research Group which examines the experiences of young people between the ages of 16-25 who were caring for parents with long-term illness or disability. The focus of this research was on the ways in which caring influenced transitions into adulthood. Areas investigated were family structure and the nature of parental illness/disability; education, training and employment; income and benefits; receipt of and experiences of services; housing, leaving home and family separations; and becoming an adult.

Journal article

Children as carers: the impact of parental illness and disability on children's caring roles

Authors:
ALDRIDGE Jo, BECKER Saul
Journal article citation:
Journal of Family Therapy, 21(3), August 1999, pp.303-320.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

The nature and extent of young caring in the UK continues to be a feature of a growing number of research programmes motivated by a children and carer's rights philosophy. This paper examines the arguments put forward by medical researchers, by those proposing a social model of disability and by those who have specifically investigated the conditions and experiences of young carers. A 'whole family approach' is proposed, which is responsive to both parents and children.

Book

We're in this together: conversations with families in caring relationships

Authors:
BECKER Saul, SILBURN Richard
Publisher:
Carers National Association
Publication year:
1999
Pagination:
89p.
Place of publication:
London

Study looking at caring relationships and focusing on parents caring for a disabled child, husbands, wives or partners caring for the other partner, and adult sons and daughters caring for an older, frail parent. Draws directly on detailed conversations with carers and the people they care for, in order to provide a picture of what it is like to give and receive full time personal care in Britain today. Concludes with a series of policy recommendations designed to support caring relationships.

Journal article

Carers

Author:
BECKER Saul
Journal article citation:
Research Matters, 11, April 2001, pp.18-20.
Publisher:
Community Care

Parents from an ethnic minority caring for a severely disabled child, and family members caring for an older relative with dementia, have a very low profile and so their needs remain largely unmet. Reports on two studies which sought to uncover more information about the individual needs of these two client groups.

Journal article

What does it cost?

Authors:
BECKER Saul, DEARDEN Chris
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 15.6.00, 2000, p.27.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

A new study set out to explore how young people's experience of caring for ill or disabled family members affected their lives in the future. The authors explain their findings.

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Young carers in the UK: research, policy and practice

Authors:
BECKER Saul, DEARDEN Chris, ALDRIDGE Jo
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 18(2), 2000, pp.13-21.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

There is now a considerable body of research which shows that when children undertake significant care work within the home, and where they and their families lack appropriate health and social care support and adequate income, then many children can experience a range of outcomes, including impaired well-being, health and psycho-social development, poor educational attendance and performance, restricted peer networks and friendships and difficulties in making the smooth transition from childhood to adulthood. This article reviews the main research studies on young carers in the UK, examines the services available to support young carers and identifies the implications for future policy and practice, particularly in social care.

Book

Public issues, private pain: poverty, social work and social policy

Editors:
BECKER Saul, MacPHERSON Stewart
Publisher:
Social Services Insight
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
380p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

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