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
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
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
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
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
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
25. Emerging needs in the context of youth with no family to lean on
Shula Mozes & Moshe Israelashvili
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).