Growing Up Fast: Implications For Foster Youth When Independence And Early Adulthood Collide.
Morton, Brenda M.
Published: November 2017
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 82 , p. 149-155
3251 Riverport Lane
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
A study explored the perceptions of 21 current and former foster youth who are enrolled in a public or private four-year university on barriers to bachelors' degree attainment. Findings indicate the drive to be independent stands in the way of asking for help, foster youth believe reliance upon others is risky and many articulate survivor self-reliance behavior and thought, and youth are often unable to see the barriers created when a survivalist self-sufficient attitude means they do not allow themselves to ask for help when needed. Recommendations are made for transition services. 20 references.
foster adolescents; foster care alumni; postsecondary education; psychological characteristics; academic achievement; barriers; independent living; independent living skills