ERIC Number: ED324857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Together to Self Sufficiency: An Independent Living Lifebook. Health.
This workbook provides a means of assessing the health maintenance and promotion skills of youth in foster care and offers exercises to develop those skills. The workbook is designed to be used collaboratively by foster parents and youth in substitute care, enabling them to assess, develop, and practice independent living skills, and to maintain a record of demonstrated skills that will accompany the youth throughout his or her stay in foster care. The workbook begins with a comprehensive skills assessment, and each skill is keyed to a set of possible exercises. Five areas of competency are covered: obtaining health care services, personal health information, physical health, sexual health, and emotional/mental health. The physical health section covers nutrition, exercise, adequate rest, and alcohol/drug abuse. The sexual health section focuses on family planning and sexually transmitted diseases and the section on mental/emotional health offers guidance on developing, feelings of self-esteem and competence, building positive relations with others, learning how to handle negative/destructive feelings, and learning to recognize and avoid stereotypes. Examples of the skills described in the workbook include identifying a place to obtain an eye exam, identifying strategies to aid in sleeping, and listing ways to handle the feeling of loneliness. Five general references are included, as well as nine on sexuality. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Health, Foster Children, Foster Family, Health Promotion, Health Services, Independent Living, Mental Health, Physical Health, Secondary Education, Self Care Skills, Sexuality, Skill Development, Student Evaluation
John Poertner, Twente Hall, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Students
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. School of Social Welfare.
Note: For the lifebook on employment, see EC 232 401.