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ERIC Number: EJ1035277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Emerging versus Emancipating: The Transition to Adulthood for Youth in Foster Care
Berzin, Stephanie Cosner; Singer, Erin; Hokanson, Kimberly
Journal of Adolescent Research, v29 n5 p616-638 Sep 2014
Emerging adulthood has been defined as a distinct developmental stage in which youth experience opportunities for identity development and transition toward independence. While this period has been examined for youth in the general population, less is known about how foster youth experience this transition. This study uses qualitative interviews with 20 foster youth to understand their experiences during emerging adulthood. Consensual qualitative research is used to analyze data and develop core themes around youth experiences. Foster youth not only report sharing many characteristics with youth in the general population during this stage but also have experiences that are uniquely tied to their foster care history. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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