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Title: Factors Associated With High School Completion Among Foster Youth Leaving Care
Author: Garza-Higgens, Elizabeth
Abstract: This study explores factors associated with high school completion among foster youth leaving care. Educational outcomes for youth leaving care are examined based on an integrative model of ecological theory and attachment theory. The study utilized a cross-sectional, non-experimental design for exploring factors associated with high school completion among foster youth leaving care. A survey instrument was utilized for extracting data from a child welfare agency database. The data was collected one one point in time comparing the differences between youth who completed high school to those who dropped out. Chi-square analysis were utilized for comparing differences between groups and logistic regression was utilized to determine predictor variables for high school completion. The study found two variables as best predictors of high school completion were 1) having contact with extended family and 2) completing Preparation for Adult Living training. Based on these findings, implications for social work practice, policy and future research are presented.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/9564
Date: 2012-04-11

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