Xiamara Martinez Peredia SURF SMART
Why Self-Love & Connectedness Matters: Enhancing Positive Outcomes among Transition-Age Youth
This project will focus on transition-age youth (TAY) in the foster care system. TAY are among the most vulnerable young adults in our society and are at increased risk for various negative outcomes including homelessness and low educational attainment. Although the child welfare system is concerned with improving their outcomes, it has not considered how their histories of maltreatment and foster care may impact their self-love and their subsequent relationships with adults. This project will employ a mixed-methods approach and aims to: 1. Examine the impact of maltreatment and foster care on youths self-love and social networks. 2. Examine the impact of self-love and social network characteristics on youths outcomes.