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Children, Families, and Communities 

Children, Families, and Communities
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Children, Families, and Communities
Author(s):

Ryan J. Coller

and Alice A. Kuo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199309375.003.0004
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date: 19 September 2020

Children live in the context of their families and communities. With rare exception, children have attachment relationships with their caregivers, usually parents or parental figures, and the security of that relationship allows children to develop both cognitively and socialemotionally. While raising children is generally viewed as a positive experience, many parents encounter challenges with parenting along the way. They often need support from extended family members or from their communities in caring for children. When parents do not have the support they need to care for their children, the stress that entails can be detrimental for both the children and the parents. Child health providers and others who work with children and families should consider strategies that include parents when treating children of all ages.

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