Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home
October 10, 2014
American Academy of Pediatrics
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.