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Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home

Date:
October 10, 2014
Source:
American Academy of Pediatrics
Summary:
While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse. These 'caregiving youth' are a hidden population who are at risk of school failure and poor health.
 

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