Case studies of successful transition from out-of-home placement to young adulthood in Korea

Choong Rai Nho, Eun Hye Park, Mary L. McCarthy

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Outcome studies of children in out-of-home care have focused on negative psychosocial issues, and very few studies have addressed personal and institutional factors that affect successful transitions into young adulthood. Adopting a resilience model and using a case study method, this study examines successful transitions of children from out-of-home care to young adulthood in Korea to draw implications for child welfare practice and policies. Five young adults in their 20s and 30s were interviewed between November 2015 and January 2016. Two main themes and six subthemes were identified: Social support and individual factors. Social support included significant others as informal support and formal support as stepping stones. Individual factors were studying as a survival skill, surviving in a tough and formidable world, self-control, and putting the past behind and moving forward. Based on the results, the study presents ways to facilitate smooth transitions to young adulthood which includes promotion of healthy relationships between a child and staff and educational support to help them complete higher education that eventually leads them to stable employment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-324
Number of pages10
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - Aug 2017

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  • Independent living
  • Korea
  • Out of home care
  • Transition to young adulthood


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