Youth without family to lean on: Global challenges and local interventions

Shula Mozes (Editor), Moshe Israelashvili (Editor)

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This book draws together interdisciplinary, global perspectives to provide a comprehensive review of the characteristics, dynamics, and development of youth (aged 15–25) who have no family to lean on, either practically or psychologically. In this timely volume, authors bring together leading international experts to present updated knowledge, information on existing interventions, and unanswered questions in relation to youth without family to lean on, in pursuit of fostering these youth's positive development. The various chapters in the book include discussions on different topics such as social support, developing a sense of belonging, parental involvement, and internalized vs. externalized problems; on populations, including homeless youth, residential care-leavers, refugees, asylum-seekers, young women coming from vulnerable families, and school dropouts; and interventions to promote these youths' mentoring relationships, labor market attainment, out-of-home living placements, use of IT communication, and participation in community-based programs. Additionally, various problems and challenges are presented and elaborated on, such as: Who needs support? Who is qualified to provide support? How should related interventions be developed? The book takes a preventive approach and aims to emphasize steps that can be taken in order to promote young people's positive development in spite of the absence of a family to rely on in their life and examines the best practices in this context, as well as the international lessons that deserve further dissemination and exploration. The book is essential reading for those in psychology, sociology, public health, social work, law, criminology, public policy, economics, and education and is highly enriching for scholars and practitioners, as well as higher education students, who wish to understand and help the gradually increasing number of youths who are forced, too early, to manage their life alone. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, US
Number of pages416
ISBN (Electronic)9781003124849
ISBN (Print)9780367645076, 9780367645038
StatePublished - 2023


  • *Adolescent Development
  • *Foster Children
  • *Psychology
  • *Refugees
  • *Social Casework
  • *Social Support
  • *Emerging Adulthood
  • Homeless Youth


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