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ERIC Number: EJ805351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1053-1890
What Does It Mean to Be an Adult? Perceptions of Young Men in Residential Care
Raymond, Ivan; Heseltine, Karen
Child & Youth Care Forum, v37 n4 p197-208 Aug 2008
It is widely accepted that young people residing in residential care transition to independence and adult responsibilities earlier than peers living within their family of origin. There has been a lack of literature examining the way young people in care construct this transition. In response, in-depth qualitative interviews, guided by grounded theory, were conducted with nine young men (M = 15.9 years) residing in an Australian residential care program. The construction of adult identity was aged dependent, and represented by the attainment of self- and other-responsibility and behavioural maturity. Rites or role transitions signifying adult identity were also explored. Program and policy implications are tabled.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia