"I remember thinking, why isn’t there someone to help me? Why isn’t there someone who can help me make sense of what I’m going through?": ‘Instant Adulthood’ and the transition of young people out of state care

Rogers, R. (2011) "I remember thinking, why isn’t there someone to help me? Why isn’t there someone who can help me make sense of what I’m going through?": ‘Instant Adulthood’ and the transition of young people out of state care. Journal of Sociology, 47 (4). pp. 411-426. ISSN 1440-7833.

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Abstract

Recent years has seen a shift away from youth transitions being understood as a linear progression towards conventional goals. Instead, it is now argued that youth transitions tend to be highly chaotic, often involving non-linear and fragmented movement between dependence and independence. However, this article discusses how young people leaving the state care system are seldom afforded the luxury of a more gradual and non-linear transition. Instead, for them, the possibilities of adult futures remain marked by chronic and continuing exclusion as they move abruptly into ‘instant adulthood’, with no opportunity to return to the child welfare system should they find themselves unable to make it on their own. Drawing from findings of 30 in-depth interviews with young care leavers, social workers and further and higher education institutions in the UK, the article considers the experiences of young people leaving state care, including their perceived lack of ‘care’, and the importance they place on unconditional and emotional support and contact.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Education > Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities
Depositing User: Users 105 not found.
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2011 16:09
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:09
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/10319

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