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Title: The role of the family network when raising a child with a disability in low- and middle-income countries
Authors: Bizzego, Andrea
Lim, Mengyu
Dimitriou, Dagmara
Esposito, Gianluca
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Bizzego, A., Lim, M., Dimitriou, D. & Esposito, G. (2021). The role of the family network when raising a child with a disability in low- and middle-income countries. Disabilities, 1(1), 58-68.
Journal: Disabilities 
Abstract: Family plays a role in supporting child development, by facilitating caregiving and other parental practices. Low- and middle-income families typically have a complex structure with many relatives living together in the same household. The role of family and family complexity in the caregiving of children with disabilities is still unknown. In this study, we use data from N = 22,405 children with severe (N = 876) and mild or no disability (N = 21,529) from a large dataset collected in the 2005–2007 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey. In particular, we adopt PageRank, a well-known algorithm used by search engines, to quantify the importance of each child in the family network. We then analyze the level of caregiving the child received in light of the child’s importance and developmental status, using a generalized linear model. Results show a main effect of child’s importance and of the interaction of child’s importance and developmental status. Post hoc analysis reveals that higher child importance is associated with a better caregiving outcome only for children with mild or no disability.
ISSN: 2673-7272
DOI: 10.3390/disabilities1010005
Schools: School of Social Sciences 
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) 
Organisations: Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy
Sleep Education and Research Laboratory (SERL), UCL Institute of Education, London
Rights: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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