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The mental health of young people aging out of care and entering adulthood: exploring the evidence from England and France

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JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
DatePublished - Dec 2011
Issue number12
Volume33
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)2504-2511
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper explores the research evidence from England and France on the mental health of young people aging out of care and into adulthood. It represents the first comparative review based on the evidence from these two countries. Set in the legal, policy and service framework for both countries, it reviews evidence on the mental health of young people in the general population, young people living in care, young people aging out of care, and young adults. It shows: the high levels of psychological adversity of young people entering care, the high rates of mental health problems of young people in care compared with the general population of young people, the increased risk of mental and physical problems at the time of aging out of care, and the general improvement in longer-term outcomes for young adults, although some continue to have serious mental health problems. In conclusion, it suggests that interventions across the life course of young people are needed.

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  • Mental health, Young People, care leavers, Young Adult, looked after children, ageing out of care, comparative

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