The Effects of Caregiver Social Connections on Caregiver, Child, and Family Well-Being

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Abstract

This study examines the degree to which caregiver social connectedness influences the effects of strain associated with caring for a child with severe emotional disturbance (SED) on caregiver well-being. We propose a model describing the relationships among the variables of interest and investigate elements of this model. Caregiver strain and social connections were significantly associated with caregiver well-being. Although, no significant interaction effects of caregiver strain and social connections were detected, study findings suggest that caregiver well-being can affect child progress and adjustment. Implications for child- and family-serving systems are considered.

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