Future Expectations of Young People Leaving Youth Care in Flanders: The Role of Personal and Social Capital in Coping With Expected Challenges.
Van Audenhove, Sharon. Laenen, Freya Vander.
Published: February 2017
Child and Family Social Work
Vol. 22, No. 1 , p. 256-265
John Wiley & Sons
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
What do young people leaving youth care think about their future? How do they view their transition between youth care and adulthood? These questions were answered by 71 young people leaving youth care in Flanders. The analysis of the interviews showed that three groups of young people can be distinguished when it comes to their expectations regarding the transition: those with positive future expectations that do not expect any difficulties during their transition, those with positive future expectations expecting difficulties that will eventually pass, and those with negative future expectations, who do not expect their transition difficulties will pass. Most respondents think the future is looking bright, because they are about to graduate or have graduated, and/or because they are intrinsically motivated to deal with their anticipated transition difficulties. Young people with negative future expectations do not stress their intrinsic motivation. Some of them think a (future) partner and their parents will be able to support them through their difficulties; they do not consider professional support as helpful, however. (Author abstract)
aging out; Belgium; coping skills; foster adolescents; independent living; independent living skills; childs attitudes; well being; emotional adjustment