10. Impact on Family and Increasing Family Well-Being

  1. Linda L. Eddy
  1. Linda L. Eddy

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch10

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

How to Cite

Eddy, L. L. (2013) Impact on Family and Increasing Family Well-Being, in Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families (ed L. L. Eddy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820828

Online ISBN: 9781118783290

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Keywords:

  • child well-being;
  • disabled children;
  • family interventions;
  • family well-being

Summary

This chapter outlines the critical nature of families and other caregivers in fostering the best possible outcomes for children and adolescents with special needs and for their families. It offers suggestions for enhancing family quality of life based on current research and clinical experience. The chapter focuses on families of children with a broad range of chronic conditions that require care in excess of the demands of normal parenting. Families who have children with disabilities are likely to experience threats to their well-being both individually and collectively. Such families could conceivably benefit from education and support interventions that provide forums for learning as well as for receiving support from healthcare providers and other families experiencing similar issues. Supportive interventions that work for families must be informed by cultural awareness, whether we are talking about race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, or any other family variable.