Natural mentoring and psychosocial outcomes among older youth transitioning from foster care.

Author:Davies, Miranda
Position:Leaving care - Report
 
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MCMILLEN J Curtis and MUNSON Michelle R

'Natural mentoring and psychosocial outcomes among older youth transitioning from foster care'

Children and Youth Services Review 31:1, January 2009, pp 104-111, USA This study explores the non-kin natural mentoring relationships among a group of older young people in foster care (n = 339), particularly whether or not their relationships last over time. The study also examines the associations between non-kin natural mentoring relationships and psychosocial outcomes among these young people. The results of simultaneous and hierarchical regression analyses reveal that the presence of a mentor and the duration of the relationship at age 18 are associated with better psychological outcomes, such as fewer depression symptoms, less stress and more satisfaction with life at 18-and-a-half. Longitudinal data collected at age 18 and 19 on...

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