Document Type

Honors Project


This study aims to better understand the characteristics, challenges, and outcomes of former foster youth in higher education. Phase I of the study utilized quantitative data to examine the resiliency characteristics of underclassmen and students with higher academic standings in higher education. It was hypothesized that former foster youth with more higher education experiences would be more likely to possess resiliency characteristics. Results from Phase 1 indicated that students with higher academic standings do not necessarily possess more resiliency characteristics overall. Interesting, underclassmen students have more social support than students with higher academic standings. Phase II of the study involved in-depth interviews with students currently in school and those who have dropped out recently. The results of Phase II indicate that both continuing students and students who are not currently in school face similar barriers such as not having adequate medical care, lack of financial resources, and lack of permanency and social support. Former foster youth provide policy recommendations for combating the barriers to higher education.

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Psychology Commons



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