Promoting mental health :: the experiences of youth in residential care
University of New Brunswick
This qualitative study explored the experiences of youth who are living in residential child-care facilities and key influences on their mental health during the transition into adult life. Using the Enhanced Critical Incident Technique (ECIT), this study addressed the question: What do youth living in residential child-care centres perceive as helping, hindering, or missing in promoting their mental health as they transition into adult life? Results revealed that factors in the areas of internal processes, interpersonal relationships, and impact of social contexts have the potential to influence the mental health of youth who are living in residential care in unique ways. The implications of these finding for practice are discussed.