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Youth Without Family to Lean On
Global Challenges and Local Interventions

ISBN 9780367645038
Published September 20, 2022 by Routledge
416 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Youth Without Family to Lean On draws together interdisciplinary, global perspectives to provide a comprehensive review of the characteristics, dynamics, and development of youth (aged 15–25) who have no family to lean on, either practically or psychologically.

In this timely volume, Mozes and Israelashvili bring together leading international experts to present updated knowledge, information on existing interventions, and unanswered questions in relation to youth without family to lean on, in pursuit of fostering these youth’s positive development. The various chapters in this book include discussions on different topics such as social support, developing a sense of belonging, parental involvement, and internalized vs. externalized problems; on populations, including homeless youth, residential care-leavers, refugees, asylum-seekers, young women coming from vulnerable families, and school dropouts; and interventions to promote these youths' mentoring relationships, labor market attainment, out-of-home living placements, use of IT communication, and participation in community-based programs. Additionally, various problems and challenges are presented and elaborated on, such as: Who needs support? Who is qualified to provide support? How should related interventions be developed? The book takes a preventive approach and aims to emphasize steps that can be taken in order to promote young people’s positive development in spite of the absence of a family to rely on in their life and examines the best practices in this context, as well as the international lessons that deserve further dissemination and exploration.

This book is essential reading for those in psychology, sociology, public health, social work, law, criminology, public policy, economics, and education and is highly enriching for scholars and practitioners, as well as higher education students, who wish to understand and help the gradually increasing number of youth who are forced, too early, to manage their life alone.   

Table of Contents


1. Those who we expect to be "self-made adults"

Moshe Israelashvili & Shula Mozes


2. Sources of social support: Improving outcomes for transition-age foster youth

Loring Jones

3. Finding a Sense of Belonging in the Absence of Family

Kelly-Ann Allen, Emily Berger, Tim Campbell, Margaret U'Ren, & Michelle L. Andrews

4. Future orientation: Where there is a will there is a way

Rachel Seginer

5. Family Support and Young Adult Labor Market Attainment

Stacy Bluth & Anna Manzoni

6. The transition to adulthood among young people in residential care: A review of the determinants of emancipation processes in Spain

Albert Cabellos Vidal, Josep Lluís Oliver Torelló, Jorge Fernández del Valle, & Joan Amer Fernández

7. Mentoring Relationships in the Lives of Care Leavers during the Transition to Adulthood: Contributions and Challenges

Yafit Sulimani-Aidan

8. Positive Youth Development: A Platform for a University Training Experience

Carmen Orte, María Valero de Vicente, Margarita Vives Barceló, Belén Pascual Barrio, & Lidia Sánchez-Prieto

9. Is there a family to lean on? An intersectional approach to parent involvement in their children’s schooling

Audrey Addi-Raccah

10. Who will get the most of it? Lamerhav's explorations of ways to identify youth in need for further support

Natan Gelman & Shula Mozes


11. Residential care-leaving in the Global South: A review of the current literature

Kwabena Frimpong-Manso

12. Need-centered support for young refugees in Germany

Hannes Reinke, Tobias Kärner, & Tobias Ringeisen

13. The Life of an Island Child – Where are the Parents?

Janique. N Charles

14. Homeless Youth in India

Solomon Ranati & Shreeletha Solomon

15. An inclusive and Sustainable future life for Young Asylum-Seekers

Di Maggio Ilaria, Santilli Sara, Ginevra Maria Cristina & Nota Laura

16. Leaving the Yeshiva High School and Losing Parental Support: The Case of Male Ultra-Orthodox Dropout in Israel

Itzhaki-Braun, Yael & Yablon, Yacob


17. Wraparound: An Adaptable, Promising Intervention to Support Isolated Youth or those At-Risk

Lucy Rose Lightfoot, Ian de Terte, Kirsty Ross, Richard Etheredge, & Ruth A. Gammon

18. Young Latin American women with vulnerable families: A program promoting positive development and opportunities

Dina Krauskopf Roger & Sharling Hernández

19. IT communication tools and techniques to support the coming of age: A focus on children and youth in childcare

Andrea Rácz, Ernő Bogács, & Marianna Jonkl

20. The Foster Youth Success Campaign

Dione Milan K. Washington

21. Polish youth with limited family support: Externalizing and internalizing problems

Krzysztof Ostaszewski, Agnieszka Pisarska, Krzysztof Bobrowski & Jakub Greń

22. From Welfare Dependence to Independence: Orr-Shalom programs for graduates of out-of-home living placements

Yair Medalion, Sharon Levin, Yana Kadosh, & Nurit Yirmiya

23. The ‘Building My Future’ community-based intervention program to promote youth development in adolescents at psychosocial risk

Chloe García-Poole, Sonia Byrne & María José Rodrigo

24. "Lamerhav" – an Israeli program for Young Adults without Family Support

Shula Mozes


25. Emerging needs in the context of youth with no family to lean on

Shula Mozes & Moshe Israelashvili

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Shula Mozes is a social entrepreneur. In 2001, she founded the "Lamerhav" program for young adults who lack family support, and in 2015, she launched "iota", a social business striving to design beautiful hand-knitted furniture while creating jobs for otherwise unemployed people worldwide and preserving this craft.

Moshe Israelashvili, Professor Emeritus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University. His studies focus on adjustment, coping, and resilience. He has published and co-edited several books, including: The Cambridge Handbook of International Prevention Science (2017) and Education in the Arab Society in Israel (2020).