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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Financial implications for parents working full time and caring for a child with chronic illness.
Name of author(s): George Ajesh, Vickers Margaret, Wilkes Lesley, Barton Belinda
Name of publisher: Australasian Journal of Early Childhood; Sep2011, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p131-140, 10p, 3 Charts
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
THE COST OF CARING FOR a child with a chronic illness is a serious concern for parents. Unfortunately, there is limited knowledge about the financial challenges facing full-time working parents who also care for a child with chronic illness. This paper shares some findings from a large mixed-methods study situated in Australia, and presents data from both qualitative interviews and a national survey which explored the challenges and support needs of such parents. The findings reveal that parents are not benefiting financially from full-time employment, as one would normally expect. [

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Reviewer's comments on the document:
The most important part of this article is related with the financial aspect and in particular the cost of caring for a child with a chronic disease
The article argues that many parents are employed in low-paid jobs in direct response to their need for flexibility to undertake their caring responsibilities. As well, while taking lower-paid employment, these parents faced high-cost specialised care for their child. Further, owing to their often unique support arrangements, many of the existing support entitlements available in Australia are not available to them. Full-time working parents who care for a child with chronic illness struggle financially to care for themselves and their child. They are in need of more specific financial support from government to help them balance their dual roles.
Where to find it: Database: Education Research Complete

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