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Citation:  Geenen, S., Powers, L. E., Phillips, L. A., Nelson, M., McKenna, J., Winges-Yanez, N., & Swank, P. (2015). Better futures: a randomized field test of a model for supporting young people in foster care with mental health challenges to participate in higher education. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42 (2), 150-171.
Title:  Better futures: a randomized field test of a model for supporting young people in foster care with mental health challenges to participate in higher education
Authors:  Geenen, S., Powers, L. E., Phillips, L. A., Nelson, M., McKenna, J., Winges-Yanez, N., & Swank, P.
Year:  2015
Journal/Publication:  The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Publisher:  Springer
Full text:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11414-014-9451-6   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  The goal of this study was to conduct a preliminary efficacy evolution of the Better Futures model, which is concentrated on improving the postsecondary preparation and participation of youth in foster care with mental health challenges.
Study sample:  Sixty-seven youth were randomized in to either a control group who received typical services or an intervention group, who participated in a Summer Institute, individual peer coaching, and mentoring workshops.
Findings:  Compared to the control group, there were significant gains for the intervention group on measures of postsecondary participation, postsecondary and transition preparation, hope, self-determination, and mental health empowerment. Youth in the intervention group also showed gains in the areas of mental health recovery, quality of life, and completion of secondary education.
Conclusions:  Authors discuss implications of their findings on future research and practice. They also emphasize the capacities of youth in foster care with mental health conditions to prepare for and participate fully in high education.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Interventions:  Other