Resilience and young people leaving care: Overcoming the odds






As young people leave care they face a variety of challenges. Some meet and overcome these challenges, yet others struggle. This review found a gap in the literature on resilience among young people leaving care. It, therefore, draws upon research studies completed in the last twenty years which have captured the experiences, views and reflections of the young people themselves. In reviewing the research evidence, the report captures the different stages or contexts of young peoples’ journeys:

 their journeys through care, including an exploration of stability, continuity and attachment, identity, education, leisure and preparation
 their transitions from care
 their lives after care
 the impact of ‘leaving care’ policy.


Reference:  Stein, M. (2005). Resilience and young people leaving care: Overcoming the odds. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.



This is an academic literature review exploring the factors affecting young people leaving care as they make their transition to adulthood and independence, by the well respected Mike Stein.



Note that grey literature publications should be referenced in the normal (Author, date) convention. Grey literature is any information that is not produced by commercial publishers. It includes research reports, working papers, conference proceedings, theses, preprints, white papers, and reports produced by government departments, academics, business and industry, although here at we collate academic research (social research that has a particular theoretical framework) separately from research that is survey-based (designed to identifying so-called 'social facts').



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