Mentoring adolescent foster youth: Promoting resilience during developmental transitionsChild and Family Social Work (2006)
AbstractThe current exploratory study used quantitative and qualitative data from an evaluation of the ‘Advocates to Successful Transition to Independence’ programme, a mentoring programme designed to train mentors to assist older adolescent foster youth in acquiring skills and resources needed for successful transition out of foster care and into adulthood. The study was conducted in two phases over 2 years. Quantitative methods were used to describe characteristics of the older adolescent foster youth and advocates, and qualitative methods were used to describe the experiences of youth and advocates in the programme. Results suggest that the use of a mentoring programme for older adolescent foster youth represents a particularly beneficial prevention strategy that may help prevent negative outcomes as youth emancipate from the foster care system and transition into young adulthood. Implications and recommendations for developing mentoring programmes for transition-aged youth are presented.
Citation InformationKathy Lemon Osterling and A. M. Hines. "Mentoring adolescent foster youth: Promoting resilience during developmental transitions" Child and Family Social Work Vol. 11 (2006)
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