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Citation:  Harwick, R., Lindstrom, L., & Unruh, D (2017). In their own words: Overcoming barriers during the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities who experienced foster care.. Children and Youth Services Review, 73 338-346.
Title:  In their own words: Overcoming barriers during the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities who experienced foster care.
Authors:  Harwick, R., Lindstrom, L., & Unruh, D
Year:  2017
Journal/Publication:  Children and Youth Services Review
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.01.011
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Research summary:  https://projecte3.com/easing-transition-foster-yotuh/
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  This qualitative study investigated the lived experiences of foster youth with disabilities during their transition from secondary school to adulthood. The study sought to identify what barriers the young people faced in the pursuit of a successful, stable adulthood.
Purpose:  Assist professionals in understanding this population's perspective in order to support a successful transition.

Disabilities served:  Anxiety disorder
Bi-polar
Chronic mental illness
Cognitive / intellectual impairment
Depression
Learning disabilities
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Adjudicated adults and youth
High school dropouts / functionally illiterate persons
Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Youth in foster care
Strategies:  Compensatory strategies
Rehabilitation counseling
Long-term supports (Medicaid waivers, etc.)
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition

 

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