Children's Concerns about their Parents' Health and Well-being: Researching with ChildLine Scotland

Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Sharon Jackson

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    This paper reports on collaborative research conducted with ChildLine Scotland, a free, confidential, telephone counselling service, using their database. We focussed on children's calls about parental health and well-being and how this affected their own lives. Children's concerns emerged within multi-layered calls in which they discussed multiple issues and problems in their lives such as alcohol misuse, drug misuse, domestic violence, family relationships, depression, mental health problems and bereavement. We discuss how children were making sense of these experiences; how they were trying to get by in difficult family circumstances; whose help they valued; and conclude with implications for policy and practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)381-393
    Number of pages13
    JournalChildren & Society
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


    • SAFETY
    • RISK
    • LIFE
    • HOME
    • parents
    • well-being
    • helplines
    • children
    • ChildLine
    • health


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      Jackson, S., Backett-Milburn, K. & Newall, E., 2011, Researching families and relationships : reflections on process. Jamieson, L., Lewis, R. & Simpson, R. (eds.). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 138-140 3 p. (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life).

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