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Resilience in Transition: Experiences of Transition from Residential Mental Health Treatment Centres after an Unplanned Discharge for Youth in the Child Welfare System

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Title: Resilience in Transition: Experiences of Transition from Residential Mental Health Treatment Centres after an Unplanned Discharge for Youth in the Child Welfare System
Author: Ogilvie, Sonya
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Preyde, Michèle
Abstract: The strengths and resilience of youth in the care of a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) during transitions out of residential mental health treatment (RMHT) are understudied. The purpose of this project was to explore youth’s perceptions of the factors that influenced their ability to engage in resilience processes post-discharge and experience outcomes that they perceived to be positive. Thematic analysis was conducted on 18 semi-structured interviews with seven youth in the care of CAS who experienced unplanned discharges from RMHT in southern Ontario. Youth highlighted five factors impacting success and struggles post-discharge: relationships, systems and services, stability, mental health, and motivation. Youth-identified strengths included relationships with dependable, caring, and reasonable people, flexible systems and services that addressed youth’s perceived needs, youth’s belief in the power of motivation, as well as youth’s ability to determine which relationship and systems and services were valuable and to engage or disengage accordingly.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17619
Date: 2019-11
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