Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Foster youth can experience many challenges as they transition into adulthood which can threaten their success in achieving whom they wish to become. Often, foster youth are exposed to physical, mental, and sexual trauma leading to their removal from their biological home (Engler et al., 2020). Adverse experiences at a young age can be multi-dimensional and long-lasting, leading to negative consequences in occupational performance including self-isolation and hesitation to trust others (Häggman-Laitila et al., 2019; Paul-Ward & Lambdin-Pattavina, 2016).
McNamee, Michelle Ann, "LIVING A TRUSTFUL LIFE: A TRAUMA-FOCUSED MENTORSHIP PROGRAM FOR FOSTER YOUTH" (2023). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 578.