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 editors: Tahkola, Elli-Maria; Metsäpelto, Riitta-Leena; Ruohotie-Lyhty, Maria; Poikkeus, Anna-Maija

Journal or series: European Journal of Social Work

ISSN: 1369-1457

eISSN: 1468-2664

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 01/08/2021

Volume: 24

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 910-921

Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2021.1954885

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially 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.

Keywords: foster care; foster homes; children in placement; experiences (knowledge); coping; young people; young adults; child protection; foster home care; phenomenology

Free keywords: coping; foster care; young adult

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 2

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