Mental health has emotional, behavioral, perceptual and cognitive components. When a child is seriously challenged in some or all of these areas, and/or has stress from a previous or ongoing trauma, research conducted in Maine* shows that members of the child’s immediate and extended family can be adversely impacted. A caregiver may have his/her own mental health challenges and/or stress from past or present trauma. As time passes, families increasingly tap their coping skills to get them through the day. Some families are better equipped to cope than others.
Below we are going to ask you questions regarding your physical and behavioral health. Behavioral health refers to a person’s overall mental health.
This survey asks families to identify the immediate and long-term effects of caregiver strain, as well as what would reduce the strain and improve health and wellbeing.
*Thrive Initiative Special Report: Quality Data Report, Spring 2009