Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving outcomes for transitional age youth: A curriculum for social workers, foster parents, and suppportive adults
by Robinson, Katherine Ashley, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 158; 1523106
Abstract (Summary)

This curriculum was developed to train social workers, foster parents, and supportive adults who work with Transitional Age Youth (TAY). This curriculum is designed to train on the best practices in the areas of team collaboration and building and permanency. The TAY population faces immediate adulthood and lacks emotional and developmental skills to be successful in society. Youth who have a team of supportive adults and a permanent connection to a committed adult have a greater chance of overcoming the negative odds. This curriculum focuses on training supportive adults (social workers, foster parents, and mentors) about the emotional needs of TAY including communication skills, coping skills, and decision making. These developmental needs have been overlooked in program implementation on state and federal levels. Research suggests that these skills are most effective when learned in a natural setting by adults TAY know and trust. This thesis will review the TAY population, the challenges, and the current responses to the problem. The second part of the thesis will include the curriculum modules and outline a facilitator's guide for each module.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jennings, Lisa K.
Commitee: Meyer-Adams, Nancy, Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Foster parents, Foster youth, Social workers, Training, Youth development
Publication Number: 1523106
ISBN: 978-1-303-20316-9
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