A1 Journal article (refereed)
Coping strategies in life stories of young adults with foster care backgrounds (2021)
Selviytymiskeinot kodin ulkopuolelle sijoitettuna olleiden nuorten aikuisten elämäntarinoissa

Tahkola, E.-M., Metsäpelto, R.-L., Ruohotie-Lyhty, M., & Poikkeus, A.-M. (2021). Coping strategies in life stories of young adults with foster care backgrounds. European Journal of Social Work, 24(5), 910-921. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2021.1954885

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Publication details

All authors or editorsTahkola, Elli-Maria; Metsäpelto, Riitta-Leena; Ruohotie-Lyhty, Maria; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija

Journal or seriesEuropean Journal of Social Work



Publication year2021

Publication date01/08/2021


Issue number5

Pages range910-921

PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77257


The study, positioned at the interface of social sciences and psychological research, focuses on coping strategies identified in interviews with 18 young adults (between 18 and 32 years) with foster care backgrounds and living in Finland. In the interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA; Smith & Osborn, 2003. Interpretive phenomenological analysis. In J. A. Smith (Ed.), Qualitative psychology (pp. 51–80). Sage), three main themes of coping strategies emerged: inward orientation, outward orientation, and influencing one's life circumstances. One additional theme, acceptance, was also identified, but it was only used in young adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of giving voice to young foster care adults’ coping strategies, and sensitising foster families and professionals in the field to these strategies to better understand and support children and youth who face adversities.

Keywordsfoster carefoster homeschildren in placementexperiences (knowledge)copingyoung peopleyoung adultschild protectionfoster home carephenomenology

Free keywordscoping; foster care; young adult

Contributing organizations

Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

JUFO rating2

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