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Young Caregivers 

Young Caregivers
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Young Caregivers
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Gideon Calder

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190624880.003.0014
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date: 28 May 2020

This case study illustrates the experiences of a young caregiver. The case is emblematic of wider questions of distributive justice: the sharing of resources and caring responsibilities in society, and the impact of this on the life chances of children (and indeed their parents). To what extent, for example, should the situations in the case be regarded as the responsibility of outside agencies, and if those agencies intervene, how should they do this, and with what ends in view? It also raises questions about the agency of caregivers, and the extent to which family members have the right to take on roles even when this is detrimental to their well-being.

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