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Flourishing in Emerging AdulthoodPositive Development During the Third Decade of Life$
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Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Larry J. Nelson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190260637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260637.001.0001

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Former Foster Care Youth and Resilient Functioning in Young Adulthood

Former Foster Care Youth and Resilient Functioning in Young Adulthood

Predictors of Success and Future Research Directions

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(p.469) 19 Former Foster Care Youth and Resilient Functioning in Young Adulthood
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Flourishing in Emerging Adulthood
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Manfred H. M. van Dulmen

Haylee DeLuca

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260637.003.0043

This chapter focuses on former foster care youth and resilient functioning in young adulthood, particularly predictors of success and future directions. The chapter reviews the literature on predictors of (a) work and educational competence, (b) competence in close relationships, and (c) self-competence. The chapter reviews empirical evidence for success components related to pre-placement, placement, individual, and contextual factors. The chapter concludes with five recommendations for future research: (1) strength-based developmental assessments of competence and resilience, (2) identification of factors that differentiate predicting specific areas of competence/resiliency, (3) continued theoretically informed work that is guided by developmental science, (4) studies guided by person-centered frameworks and analyses, and (5) studies that identify modifiable placement factors that predict successful outcomes among former foster care youth.

Keywords:   competence, functioning, resilience, foster care, self-competence, young adulthood, relationships

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