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2013

Educational Psychology

Higher education

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Narratives Of Former Foster Youth In Higher Education, Kathleen Brien Douthat Aug 2013

Narratives Of Former Foster Youth In Higher Education, Kathleen Brien Douthat

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The purpose of this narrative inquiry is to learn about the experiences of former foster youth in higher education. Nationwide, 26,547 youth emancipate from foster care each year. Former foster youth who continue with education beyond high school may elect to receive supportive services through the state’s independent living program. Although these services are intended to provide the necessary support while the youth completes a post-secondary degree program, research has shown that fewer former foster youth enter college and complete a degree than their non-former foster youth peers. Further, there has been very little research that explores firsthand ...