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A Growth Curve Analysis of Housing Quality among Transition-Aged Foster Youth

Tyrell, F.A., Yates, T.M.
Type new
Journal Article
Year published new
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Child Youth Care Forum

Volume new

This journal article describes a study designed to document changes in foster youth’s housing quality during the first 24 months following their emancipation. In addition, the authors evaluated associations between changes in housing quality and youth’s sociodemographic characteristics, childhood maltreatment experiences, and out-of-home placement history. The study used data collected from 172 emancipated foster youth who were also participating in a longitudinal study and by monthly summaries of their housing since emancipation. At six months post-emancipation, parenting youth and youth with a high school degree had higher housing quality. Females and youth who emancipated at older ages had a linear increase in housing quality at the six-month point. Those participants with declining housing quality were in three categories: 1) had childhood exposure to domestic violence, 2) were older when they entered foster care, and 3) were placed with a relative just prior to emancipation. The authors discuss how these findings can inform policy and practice to support housing quality for vulnerable youth in transition. (Author Abstract Modified) 


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