Young in foster care – service use and quality of life

Project Department: Uni Research Health (group: Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare)

About the project

The aim of this study is to acquire more knowledge on the use of- and experience with health- and social services among youth in foster care and their families. Further, we aim to extend the knowledge on quality of life among foster youth.

We know little about which services youth in foster care and their foster parents are in contact with, and how they experience the contact with the helpers. Further, to be able to help more youths in foster care to have a good life, we need more knowledge about what characterize the youths who fare well. Results from the present study will provide important information for service development to meet the needs of foster youth and their families.

This study is a PhD project with Marit Larsen as research fellow.

The study is based on data from the main research project “Young in foster care” -a longitudinal cohort study targeting the mental health, service use and quality of life of foster youth born from 1999 to 2005. Both the data from 2012 and the follow-up data from 2017 will be applied in the present study.

Collaborators are Ragnhild Bjørknes at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, and Trine Myrvold, at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo Metropolitan University.

In addition we collaborate with the Norwegian Foster Care Association and the National Association for Children in the Child Protection system.

The study is financed by ExtraStiftelsen.

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