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ERIC Number: EJ1201666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-5748
"Family" Ties for Foster Alumni in College: An Open Systems Consideration
Kearney, Kerri S.; Naifeh, Zeak; Hammer, Tonya; Cain, Abby
Review of Higher Education, v42 n2 p793-824 Win 2019
This exploratory, qualitative, multi-case study sought to understand, from the perspective of successful foster alumni college students, the role and influence of family members. Sampling was purposeful; criteria required participants were in out-of-home placement at age 13 or older. Participants included eight successful, self-identified foster alumni students. Five themes emerged as key in shaping participants' success: unique definitions of family, boundary redefinition, historical family influencers, boundary management, and social media as a boundary management tool. Overall, findings revealed that traditional processes need to be reviewed and reconsidered in light of the wide variety of non-traditional supports upon which students depended.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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