Risk and resilience in the transition to adulthood from the point of view of care leavers and caseworkers

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Abstract

Emerging adulthood is considered a risky and vulnerable period for young people leaving substitute care but a window of opportunity for the development of resilience and positive change. This study explores the challenges and resources in transition to adulthood from the point of view of 50 care leavers and caseworkers in Israel. The findings revealed several shared perspectives of the two group regarding the challenges and assets during this period including: economic hardship and limited support by their families as a struggle, and supporting professional relationships as an asset. While caseworkers focused on the care leavers’ low awareness and realization of their rights as a challenge, care leavers emphasized their weak social ties and loneliness as their main challenge. In addition, self-reliance was described as a resource by the care leavers but not by the caseworkers. The study's findings emphasized the importance of belongings, companionship and emotional support care leavers need, and the meaningful role of professional relationships in the transition to adulthood. One of the practical conclusion was helping the care leaves to develop interdependence and relational connections, and at the same time encouraging the caseworkers to see the care leavers’ self-reliance as a strength.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume88
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • Aging out of care
  • At risk young adults
  • Resilience
  • Risk
  • Transition to adulthood

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