Do they get what they expect? The connection between young adults' future expectations before leaving care and outcomes after leaving care

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Abstract

This study examines the future expectations of young people in out-of-home placements in the last year before leaving care and the association between those expectations and their outcomes after leaving care. The study examines the hypothesis that care leavers with higher future expectations will have better outcomes in the areas of housing, educational achievements, economic status, adjustment to military service, and life satisfaction. The study was conducted through 277 interviews with the young adults at their last year in care and 236 interviews a year after they left care. Higher future expectations while in care were positively correlated with satisfaction in accommodation, economic status and educational achievements and adjustment to required military service after leaving care. These findings emphasize the role of future expectations as a source of resilience and motivation. They also illustrate the importance of designing programs that address care leavers' self-perception and future outlook and offer preparation in concrete areas as the youth transition to adult life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-200
Number of pages8
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume55
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aging out of care
  • Future expectations
  • Leaving care
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Young adults

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