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Social Connections: A Tale of How Connections Matter

Posted: December 7, 2018

We would like to introduce you to The Johnsons. This [ficticious] family is like any other. They experience all the ups and downs that life can bring. And, like any other family, unforeseen problems will inevitably arise.

Throughout this series, The Johnsons encounter difficult situations, but the protective factors will come into play, offering solutions or a buffer. The protective factors, when present in families and communities, help families tackle issues by strengthening the family and the community around them. 

The five protective factors include:

  • Social Connections
  • Parental Resilience
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Concrete Support
  • Social & Emotional Competence 

This week, we bring you a story about why social connections are important to families. 

Parents with a social network of emotionally supportive friends, family, and neighbors often find that it is easier to care for their children and themselves. Most parents need people they can call on once in a while when they need a sympathetic listener, advice, or concrete support. Research has shown that parents who are isolated, with few social connections, are at higher risk for child abuse and neglect.

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