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Insights into turning points from the perspective of young people with out-of-home care experience: events, impact and facilitators of change

NCJ Number
307531
Author(s)
Louise Roberts; Jonathan Scourfield; Heather Taussig
Date Published
2022
Length
16 pages
Annotation

This longitudinal study of young people with out-of-home care experience concluded that  on-going potential exists for care-experienced children and young people to have turning points, despite past adversity and current challenges, and that opportunities must be offered to support the development of agency, bolster self-esteem and aspiration, and offer reassurance.

Abstract

The findings of this longitudinal study of young people with out-of-home care experience suggest the on-going potential for care-experienced children and young people to have turning points, despite past adversity and current challenges. Opportunities need to be offered to support the development of agency, bolster self-esteem and aspiration, and offer reassurance, so that in the event of future adversity, care-experienced young people might have the personal resources to navigate and create meaning. Young people with experience of out-of-home care have usually faced significant adversities whilst growing up. Adults aged 18–22 from a Western US state, who were part of a longitudinal study and originally recruited when in out-of-home care, were asked whether they had experienced a major turning point that changed the way they thought about something or how they behaved. Four in five reported having had such a turning point and the vast majority saw theirs as positive. A qualitative overview is provided of themes from these responses. Turning points were linked to actions and achievements, positive relationships and resources, and personal reflection. Reference was made to both objective and subjective change and turning points arising both from specific events and from extended processes. Some seemingly mundane events and interactions had a powerful impact. (Published Abstract Provided)