About the project
The transition from childhood to adulthood can be experienced as a complex and long-lasting process for many young people, and they often need help and support from parents in their effort to develop independent living skills. The transition might be extra challenging for young people who lack access to such support, which is the situation for many care leavers. Studies show that care leavers experience their transition to adulthood as both accelerated and compressed, compared to others. Studies also find that disabled care leavers face higher risk of social exclusion, and are less likely to have positive outcomes of the transition when using criteria like income, employment and education.
This study seeks to explore how professional social work can support disabled care leavers in their transition to adult life. The data will consist of interviews with care leavers and social workers, in addition to a review of central policies within this field.
The main research question for the study is:
What characterizes support for disabled care leavers in transition to adulthood?
The PhD dissertation will be arranged as a thesis by publication, consisting of three articles. The articles aim to:
- Identify policy values that form the basis for public organized aftercare for disabled care leavers.
- Explore how disabled care leavers have experienced support in the transition to adulthood.
- Gain insight in how social work practice in aftercare can support disabled care leavers in the transition to adulthood.
Master Degree in Social Work (Cand. Polit.), Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Professional practice with children, youth and families (PROCYF)