SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration
At Risk of Social Exclusion: A Study of Care Leavers in UK
Abstract: This paper examines the experiences of socially
marginalized/ excluded individuals in society when they re-enter the
society after a period of being “looked after”1 by the State (by placement
in either foster care or residential care homes, referred to as “Care
Leavers” in UK). This group was selected for the study because
“socialization” of care leavers is a major problem for the UK Government.
The aim is to explore their psychological states, and in turn, examine
possible link between their psychological states and socialization process
after leaving care. Successful socialization is defined here as resulting
in a capacity to make personally and socially beneficial decisions and
judgments. The findings suggest that being in care may have a negative
impact on identity development, with care leavers exhibiting low self
esteem, stigmatization, low trust and low self-confidence. Negative
psychological states impede socialization and enhance the risks of
care-leavers becoming socially excluded.
Keywords: Social Exclusion; Socialization; Care Leavers; Identity; Stigma; (follow links to similar papers)
36 pages, January 28, 2009
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