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Citation:  Brennan, E. M., Nygren, P., Stephens, R. L., & Croskey, A. (2016). Predicting positive education outcomes for emerging adults in mental health systems of care. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 43 (4), 564-581.
Title:  Predicting positive education outcomes for emerging adults in mental health systems of care
Authors:  Brennan, E. M., Nygren, P., Stephens, R. L., & Croskey, A.
Year:  2016
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Publisher:  Springer
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-015-9454-y
Full text:  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11414-015-9454-y   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  Positive youth development model services have shown to improve ability to shape life course and achieve position goals for emerging adults.
Study sample:  This article reports secondary data analysis from the Longitudinal Child and Family Outcome Study including 248 culturally diverse young adults (17-22 years old) who received mental health services in systems of care.
Data collection and analysis:  Data analysis found that after one year of services, school performance was positively related to youth ratings of school functioning and service participation and satisfaction. Regression analysis was conducted and analysis revealed ratings of young peoples’ perceptions of school functioning, and their experience in services added to the significant prediction of satisfactory school performance, even controlling for sex and attendance. Participation in planning their own services significantly predicted enrollment in postsecondary education for those who completed high school.
Findings:  Findings of this study suggest that programs and practices based on positive youth development approaches can improve educational outcomes for emerging adults.

Disabilities served:  Chronic mental illness
Populations served:  Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Culturally diverse populations (e.g., African Americans, Native Americans, and non-English speaking populations)
Interventions:  Career counseling
Psychological counseling
Other