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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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Social Networks and Social Support in the Transition to Adulthood

Social Networks and Social Support in the Transition to Adulthood

A Reflection on Social Integration Processes

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(p.31) 2 Social Networks and Social Support in the Transition to Adulthood
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Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood
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Martin Goyette

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190630485.003.0003

For some youth in care, leaving a foster home definitively also implies leaving the only family and home they have ever known. Youth is thus a particularly critical moment in identity construction because it is central to the interplay between family heritage and social capital, all of which is acquired since childhood. Research has focused on competencies, resources, and individual characteristics of youth aging out of care, yet social networks and supports have received little attention. This chapter describes the networks of youth leaving care in the transition to adulthood and analyzes the links between the network characteristics and the socio-professional integration process of these young adults.

Keywords:   leaving care, transition to adulthood, social network, social support, social capital

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