10. Impact on Family and Increasing Family Well-Being
- Linda L. Eddy
Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
Copyright © 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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
- Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
- Published Print: 12 APR 2013
Print ISBN: 9780813820828
Online ISBN: 9781118783290
- child well-being;
- disabled children;
- family interventions;
- family well-being
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.