Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The years of emerging adulthood are oftentimes filled with both happiness and anxiety while youth move toward adult roles and responsibilities. According to Courtney and Dworsky (2006), a subset of American emerging adults, those who are transitioning out of foster care face greater vulnerability than do their peers in the general population in a number of issues. As a result, this paper reviewed the literature on the challenges faced by these former foster youth, namely relationships, well-being, substance use, education, employment and finances. Limitations of this extant research are noted along with directions in future research on programs designed to facilitate these former foster youth's transition. Lastly, real-world implications of the findings are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 17 no. 2 2012
Steffe, Megan and Barry, Carolyn McNamara
"The challenges in the transition to adulthood for foster care youth: a literature review,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 17
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol17/iss2/7