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Illness, Social Development, Childhood, Social Success, Friendship


Child Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Development Studies | Diseases | Health Psychology | Medicine and Health | Psychology | Social Psychology


The purpose of this study is to look at the relationship between childhood onset illness and social development success. Social development was operationalized as occupational, educational, economic, social and romantic relationship success. Participants were recruited via online support groups, randomly chosen interest groups, and the general Facebook population. It was predicted that individuals who suffered from a childhood onset illness would have more difficulties (or less success) in social, occupational, educational, economic, and romantic relationship areas during their adult years compared to the healthy comparison group. It was found that individuals with childhood onset illnesses had lower friendship quality in both childhood and adulthood than the healthy comparison group. There were no differences found between those with a childhood onset illness and the healthy comparison group in occupational, educational, economic, and romantic relationship success. By understanding how childhood onset illness effects social development success, it can help guardians and practitioners to properly assist ill children in having meaningful social interactions.

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