Resilience Among Older Adolescents in Foster Care: the Impact of Risk and Protective Factors

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This study explores the phenomenon of resilience among older adolescents in foster care. Data from 351 youths approaching the age of emancipation were examined. Resilience was measured by a composite score combining six domains: educational attainment, and avoidance of teen pregnancy, homelessness, mental illness, substance use and criminal involvement. Increased physical abuse, a history of sexual abuse, placement instability and delinquency in youths’ original families were associated with lower resilience. Non-white race was associated with higher resilience even after risk and protective factors were controlled. These findings highlight factors that contribute to resilient functioning and may be targeted for interventions promoting competence among these high-risk youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-22
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016



  • Adolescents
  • Aging-out
  • Foster care
  • Resilience
  • Risk and protective factors

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