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Support and challenges in the process of leaving care: A Swedish qualitative follow-up study of foster youths' lived exeriences
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2017 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 500-514Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This in-depth follow-up study presents some foster youths' lived experiences from when they were teens in a new foster family through the process of leaving care. Their transition to adulthood was delayed because of disturbances in their school situation; however, as adults they took advantage of the possibility to study. The narratives reveale the crucial importance of social workers, and what is needed to make their relations with youth trustful. Even though there were placement breakdowns along the way, in retrospect they all see the benefits of their foster family: as a steady base when needed or just as a construction of a 'good family' that they keep in mind. Most striking is the young people's agency in overcoming challenges and obstacles, which led to increased maturity and self-confidence, though it depended on having some kind of security in their social situation. Facebook plays a vital role in keeping relationships alive, which is especially important for those without a secure base in their family or peer group. It appears that their striving for independence is intertwined with a need for interdependence on the way to adulthood, with varying emphasis over time. Mixed qualitative methods were used: interviews, network maps and The Expereince Sampling Method.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 16, no 4, p. 500-514
Keywords [en]
Foster youths’ agency, leaving care, young people’s lived experiences, mixed qualitative methods, secure base
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47909DOI: 10.1177/1473325015627384ISI: 000403894200006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021152858OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-47909DiVA, id: diva2:900097
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-02-03 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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