About the project
The transition from childhood to adulthood can be experienced as a complex and long-lasting process for many young people, and they often need help and support from parents in their effort to develop independent living skills. The transition might be extra challenging for young people who lack access to such support, which is the situation for many young care leavers. Studies show that young care leavers experience their transition to adulthood as both accelerated and compressed, compared to others. Studies also find that care leavers with disabilities and/or long term health conditions face higher risk of social exclusion, and are less likely to have achieved goals like finished high school, an average year’s income, steady employment or independency of social assistance.
This study seeks to explore how fessional social work can support care leavers with disabilities and/or long term health conditions in their transition to adult life. The data will consist of interviews with care leavers and social workers, in addition to a review of central policies within this field.
The main research question for the study is:
What characterizes aftercare for care leavers with disabilities and/or long term health conditions in transition to adulthood?
The PhD dissertation will be arranged as a thesis by publication, consisting of four articles. The articles aim to:
- Identify political values related to autonomy and participation, that form the basis for public organized aftercare for care leavers with disabilities and/or long term health conditions.
- Explore how care leavers with disabilities and/or long term health conditions perceive their experience of transition to adulthood, with an emphasis on autonomy and participation.
- Gain insight in how social work practice in aftercare can enable care leavers to develop their own autonomy.
Master Degree in Social Work (Cand. Polit.), Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Professional practice with children, youth and families (PROCYF)