Semester of Graduation
Master of Social Work (MSW)
College of Human Sciences and Education
This study examined the sense of permanency felt by young adults who have transitioned out of the foster care system and identified how it correlates with their mental health and satisfaction with life. The participants were 18-21 years of age and were a part of the Louisiana DCFS Youth Villages LifeSet program or extended foster care. Secondary data analysis was conducted. The findings of this study revealed that the greater the sense of permanency among the former foster care youth, the better their mental health seems to be. The study also revealed that there is a significantly positive relationship between sense of permanency and satisfaction with life. Participants who have a greater sense of permanency tend to experience significantly higher satisfaction with life than those who have a lesser sense of permanency. The last finding that this study revealed is that there is a correlation between the relationship with sense of permanency and homelessness, although not statistically significant. Former foster youth who have a greater sense of permanency tend to experience lower levels of homelessness than those who have a lesser sense of permanency.
Gordon, Danielle Dominique, "FORMER FOSTER CARE YOUTHS’ SENSE OF PERMANENCY AND ITS EFFECT ON MENTAL HEALTH AND SATISFACTION WITH LIFE" (2022). LSU Master's Theses. 5618.
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