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Bing Niu, Lingling Zhang and Shigeki Kano
''An empirical analysis of young carers in Japan: “care burden” versus “awareness” and the role of external support''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.4 )
A high number of youths in Japan have responsibilities beyond their years, due to their role of caring for family members. This study uses cross-sectional data of young carers in Japan to empirically investigate the burden on them. We use different measures and examine its contributing factors. We examine the relationship between “care burden” and “awareness,” with specific focus on the external support received by the family members looked after by these young carers. We found that their care burden was a heavy one, albeit varying in magnitude. There was also a large gap between the actual care burden and young carers' awareness of being carers. Receiving external support was important, as it had a positive effect on improving awareness and mitigating their care burden. It is important to investigate and understand the actual burden on young carers and to provide support that meets their needs.
Keywords: Young carers, care burden, awareness, external support
JEL: D1 - Household Behavior: General
I1 - Health: General
Manuscript Received : Aug 04 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Dec 30 2022

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