ERIC Number: EJ1000156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Value of a College Degree for Foster Care Alumni: Comparisons with General Population Samples
Salazar, Amy M.
Social Work, v58 n2 p139-150 Apr 2013
Higher education is associated with substantial adult life benefits, including higher income and improved quality of life, among others. The current study compared adult outcomes of 250 foster care alumni college graduates with two samples of general population graduates to explore the role higher education plays in these young adults' lives. Outcomes compared include employment, income, housing, public assistance, physical and mental health, happiness, and other outcomes that are often found to be related to educational attainment. Foster care alumni college graduates were very similar to general population college graduates for individual income and rate of employment. However, foster care alumni graduates were behind general population graduates on factors such as self-reported job security, household earnings, health, mental health, financial satisfaction, home ownership, happiness, and public assistance usage. Results have implications for policy and practice regarding the most effective means of supporting postcollege stability of youths with foster care experience.
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Graduates, Educational Attainment, Psychological Patterns, Mental Health, Children, Foster Care, Quality of Life, Family Income, Ownership, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Role, Employment, Housing, Alumni, Job Security, Physical Health, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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