The purpose of this project was to create a youth development program with the goal of promoting resilience among adolescents in foster care. Foster youth are especially vulnerable during the transition to adulthood and experience a higher rate of negative outcomes. A review of the literature revealed little support for the effectiveness of traditional approaches to transition-age youth such as independent living and transitional housing programs. Resilience, the ability to thrive when faced with adversity, is discussed as a theoretical framework for positive youth development. Summer camp and adventure therapy represent promising interventions for building resilience and developmental assets as protective factors. A leadership development program, using summer camp, adventure therapy, and experiential education to promote resilience and provide an additional support network for adolescent foster youth, is proposed. The actual submission and/or funding of the grant was not a requirement for the successful completion of the project.
|Commitee:||Green, Yolanda, Nagai, Chikako|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Foster youth|
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