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Me, Myself, and I

Title: Me, Myself, and I: Perceptions of Social Capital for Mothers Aging Out of the Child Welfare System .
Name(s): Radey, Melissa, author
Schelbe, Lisa, author
McWey, Lenore M., author
Holtrop, Kendal, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2016-08-16
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Background: Youth aging out of the child welfare system become parents at rates two to three times higher than their non-child welfare system involved peers. Substantial literature acknowledges that youth aging out who are parenting are vulnerable; yet little is known about their lived experiences. Social capital, or the actual or potential resources available from one’s network, can provide essential resources for the wellbeing of parents aging out. This qualitative study examined social capital of mothers aging out from the perspectives of both mothers and service providers. Methods: We conducted small group interviews with 13 mothers aging out and 14 service providers. We analyzed data using thematic analysis. Results: The use of a social capital framework delineates that mothers lacked beneficial social relationships and, consequently, support. A lack of trust coupled with a desire to break intergenerational patterns and norms contributed to understanding why mothers aging out may not capitalize on resources that providers often considered available. Discussion: Based on findings, we conclude that providing mothers aging out with additional opportunities to develop trust, positive relationships with mentors, and extended services may help to disrupt intergenerational patterns of maltreatment and promote child and family wellbeing.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1505835043_5ba54534 (IID), 10.1111/cfs.12318 (DOI)
Keywords: Child welfare, Leaving care, Parenting/parenthood, Social support, Unmarried mothers
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Preferred Citation: Radey, M., Schelbe, L., McWey, L. M., and Holtrop, K. (2017) Me, myself and I: perceptions of social capital for mothers ageing out of the child welfare system. Child & Family Social Work, 22: 981–991. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12318.
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Child & Family Social Work.
Issue: iss. 2, vol. 22

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Radey, M., Schelbe, L., McWey, L. M., & Holtrop, K. (2016). Me, Myself, and I: Perceptions of Social Capital for Mothers Aging Out of the Child Welfare System . Child & Family Social Work. Retrieved from