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Psychiatry Issue Brief

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Wraparound treatment has been described as "a unique set of community services and natural supports for a child/adolescent with serious emotional disturbance (SED) based on a definable planning process, individualized for the child and family to achieve a positive set of outcomes." Research has focused on many components of wraparound interventions, but little attention has been paid to experiences of the caregivers of children receiving services. One of the few studies addressing this issue found higher levels of caregiver satisfaction with wraparound services than with treatment-as-usual. The critical role of caretakers in the wraparound process suggests many important research questions including: What is it about wraparound services that meet caregivers' needs? What aspects of wraparound do caregivers feel work best for their child and family? Are there components of wraparound that could be improved? Findings could suggest strategies for informing and potentially improving services to children with SED and their families.

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Children, Family, Parenting, Service Systems


Family, Children, Education and Training, Service Systems

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Christina Breault, Shannon Lewis, and Jennifer Taub