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Young people aging out of care: The poverty of theory

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JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
DatePublished - Apr 2006
Issue number4
Volume28
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)422-434
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Although there is a growing body of international empirical work on young people aging out of care, very few of these studies have been informed by theoretical approaches. Set in the context of social exclusion, this paper explores three perspectives that may contribute to a greater understanding of the main findings from empirical research: attachment theory; focal theory; and resilience. Each perspective includes a discussion of the implications for practice in linking empirical and theoretical work. In conclusion, it is suggested that there is a need for more studies grounded in theory. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • young people, care, attachment theory, focal theory, resilience, empirical work, social exclusion, LEAVING CARE, RESILIENCE

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