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Leaving Care and the Transition to AdulthoodInternational Contributions to Theory, Research, and Practice$
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Varda R. Mann-Feder and Martin Goyette

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190630485.001.0001

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How Can I Be a Real Adult?

How Can I Be a Real Adult?

Developmental Theory as a Framework for Practice, Policy, and Research on Care Leaving

(p.9) 1 How Can I Be a Real Adult?
Leaving Care and the Transition to Adulthood

Varda R. Mann-Feder

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes that developmental theory can provide multiple lenses through which the transition to adulthood for youth from care can be understood and supported. This chapter outlines the benefits of a developmental approach and presents theories, such as Erikson’s identity theory and the theory of emerging adulthood, which stresses the importance of the identity formation process; attachment processes throughout the lifespan; and loss, grief, and mourning as it relates to the experiences of youth removed from home and placed incare. Relevant research with care leavers is reviewed, and implications are outlined for practice, policy, and future research that promotes optimal development for youth leaving care.

Keywords:   leaving care, identity, emerging adulthood, attachment, loss

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