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Does gender influence children's and young people's caring? A qualitative, systematic review and meta‐ethnography

Boyle, G., Constantinou, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-2389-7901 & Garcia, R. (2023). Does gender influence children's and young people's caring? A qualitative, systematic review and meta‐ethnography. Children & Society, 37(2), pp. 404-423. doi: 10.1111/chso.12598


This qualitative, systematic review explored the influence of gender on children's and young people's caring roles. However, there was very limited research in this area. Eight studies were included and the synthesis yielded seven global themes. The meta-ethnography produced a higher-order concept—the gendered reproduction of children's and young people's caring. The review shows that children and young people are relied on as a caring resource in the global North and South. We emphasise that gender equality in caring, particularly among adults, is necessary to enhance the lifechances of girls and young women.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.© 2022 The Authors. Children & Society published by National Children's Bureau and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Publisher Keywords: Young carers; gender; equality; meta-ethnography
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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