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Voices of 65 Young People Leaving Care in Sweden: "There Is So Much I Need to Know!"
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (English)In: Australian Social Work, ISSN 0312-407X, E-ISSN 1447-0748, Vol. 67, no 1, 71-87 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this study is to examine young care leavers’ experiences of supportive and nonsupportive factors after leaving care. Telephone interviews were conducted with 65 young people, between 18 and 26 years old, who had left care in Sweden within the previous 3 months to 3 years. The care-leaving process was in many cases described by the young people as badly planned and compressed. Some interviewees received support from the formal network (social services, foster carers, residential homes, contact persons) for housing (37) and financial matters (36), but few received support from the formal network concerning employment (14) and education (11). Emotional support was mainly provided by partners and friends. Altogether, the results suggest that access to support is a helpful factor for young people leaving care, but also that many of our interviewees had no such access, from neither formal nor informal networks.

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2014. Vol. 67, no 1, 71-87 p.
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Transition, Leaving Care, Young People, Social Capital, Support
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112135DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2013.863957ISI: 000333986600006OAI: diva2:778220
Available from: 2015-01-09 Created: 2015-01-09 Last updated: 2015-02-11Bibliographically approved

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