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Housing experiences of former foster youth: How do they fare in comparison to other youth?

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  • Berzin, Stephanie Cosner
  • Rhodes, Alison M.
  • Curtis, Marah A.
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    Research indicates that foster youth tend to fare poorly in a number of domains in the transition to adulthood, and the shift to independent living may be particularly challenging. However, it is unclear whether negative housing outcomes are attributable to foster care history or if they are due to other risk factors. This study uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 to compare housing outcomes for foster youth to a matched sample of youth who share similar risk factors and to an unmatched sample. Results indicate that foster youth struggle more in the transition to independent living in comparison to both groups, showing higher rates of homelessness, less housing stability, poorer neighborhood quality, and more reliance on public housing assistance. The paper explores how factors related to foster care and confounding risk factors that tend to have higher prevalence among foster youth may contribute to these outcomes.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Children and Youth Services Review.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 11 ()
    Pages: 2119-2126

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:33:y:2011:i:11:p:2119-2126
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.06.018
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