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


  • This research was supported by National Institute of Mental Health Award 1R03MH065596-01A2 to Kilmer and Cook.

concerning this article should be addressed to Eylin Palamaro Munsell, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Psychology, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28205. Electronic mail may be sent to


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.