Lessons from COVID-19: The Importance of Social Networks

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Social connectedness is an important factor in overall health and wellness. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the wide health disparities in our country and the enhanced vulnerability from poorly integrated social networks that many individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) experience. This article reviews the structural and functional components of strong social networks, including a review of different types of social capital. Suggestions for evaluating and strengthening social networks according to an individual's expressed goals are offered.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-27
JournalPositive Approaches Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


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