The coping of young Finnish adults after out-of-home care and aftercare services: A document-based analysis

dc.contributorAalto Universityen
dc.contributor.authorHäggman-Laitila, Arja
dc.contributor.authorSalokekkilä, Pirkko
dc.contributor.authorSatka, Mirja
dc.contributor.authorToivonen, Katri
dc.contributor.authorKekolahti, Pekka
dc.contributor.authorRyynänen, Olli-Pekka
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Eastern Finland
dc.contributor.departmentCity of Helsinki
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Helsinki
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Communications and Networking
dc.description.abstractYoung people taken into custody and lacking the support of their families suffer from social and health problems more often than their peers, and the likelihood of their marginalization in later life can be significantly higher. The aim of this study is to discover how the different factors documented at the time of the custody decision or the placement in out-of-home care are associated with the coping abilities of young adults once aftercare services come to an end. The original dataset consisted of 428 measured variables taken from 600 young Finnish adults who have participated in aftercare services. The data were collected at the end of the aftercare period in 2015 from electronic customer/patient record systems. Original free-text documents were read and data extracted and collected on a structured electronic worksheet. All of the factors that had influenced the custody decisions were included in the dataset. Thus, the data consisted both of the baseline and follow-up data. The data were analyzed with BayesiaLab 7.0 tool. Altogether, 18.5% of examined persons had no remarkable coping problems, 74.5% had some challenges and 7% experienced serious difficulties. A child's own problems, such as substance use, running away from home or truancy, were associated with a poorer prognosis compared to children whose custody decisions stemmed from their parents´ urgent life situations, e.g. substance use, violence or serious mental health issues. Children and adolescents who may be in need of child protection services require effective preventive care activities. If a child does enter out-of-home care, s/he will need more influential social support and personal follow-up to enhance his or her long-term wellbeing as early as possible.en
dc.description.versionPeer revieweden
dc.identifier.citationHäggman-Laitila , A , Salokekkilä , P , Satka , M , Toivonen , K , Kekolahti , P & Ryynänen , O-P 2019 , ' The coping of young Finnish adults after out-of-home care and aftercare services: A document-based analysis ' , Children and Youth Services Review , vol. 102 , pp. 150-157 .
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dc.publisherElsevier Limited
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEWen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesVolume 102en
dc.subject.keywordLong-term effects of custody decisions
dc.subject.keywordAftercare services
dc.subject.keywordOut-of-home care
dc.subject.keywordBayesian modeling
dc.titleThe coping of young Finnish adults after out-of-home care and aftercare services: A document-based analysisen
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