The purpose of this study was to explore the relationships between social skills, self-esteem, social support and burden in a sample of adult caregivers The Gambrill and Richey Assertion Inventory, Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale, Montgomery's Objective and Subjective Burden Scale, Norbeck's Social Support Questionnaire and Sarason's Social Support Questionnaire were administered to a convenience sample of 31 caregivers Unassertive caregivers had less available social support Those caregivers who felt more discomfort in situations also had less available social support Caregivers who had significantly more affection, affirmation and aid from within their social network were found to have higher self-esteem Those with lower self-esteem reported losing a greater number of important relationships in the past year Nonasserhve caregivers were more likely to experience lower subjective burden