Youth Without Family to Lean On draws together interdisciplinary, global perspectives to provide a comprehensive review of the characteristics, dynamics, and development of youth (aged 15–25) who have no family to lean on, either practically or psychologically.

In this timely volume, Mozes and Israelashvili bring together leading international experts to present updated knowledge, information on existing interventions, and unanswered questions in relation to youth without family to lean on, in pursuit of fostering these youth’s positive development. The various chapters in this book include discussions on different topics such as social support, developing a sense of belonging, parental involvement, and internalized vs. externalized problems; on populations, including homeless youth, residential care-leavers, refugees, asylum-seekers, young women coming from vulnerable families, and school dropouts; and interventions to promote these youths' mentoring relationships, labor market attainment, out-of-home living placements, use of IT communication, and participation in community-based programs. Additionally, various problems and challenges are presented and elaborated on, such as: Who needs support? Who is qualified to provide support? How should related interventions be developed? The book takes a preventive approach and aims to emphasize steps that can be taken in order to promote young people’s positive development in spite of the absence of a family to rely on in their life and examines the best practices in this context, as well as the international lessons that deserve further dissemination and exploration.

This book is essential reading for those in psychology, sociology, public health, social work, law, criminology, public policy, economics, and education and is highly enriching for scholars and practitioners, as well as higher education students, who wish to understand and help the gradually increasing number of youth who are forced, too early, to manage their life alone.   

part Part I|15 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

Those who we expect to be “self-made adults”

ByMoshe Israelashvili, Shula Mozes

part Part II|145 pages


chapter 3|18 pages

Finding a sense of belonging in the absence of family

ByKelly-Ann Allen, Emily Berger, Tim Campbell, Margaret U'Ren, Michelle L. Andrews

chapter 4|16 pages

Future orientation: where there is a will there is a way

ByRachel Seginer

chapter 5|15 pages

Family support and young adult labor market attainment

ByStacy Bluth, Anna Manzoni

chapter 6|14 pages

The transition to adulthood among young people in residential care: a review of the determinants of emancipation processes in Spain

ByAlbert Cabellos Vidal, Joan Amer Fernández, Josep Lluís Oliver Torelló, Jorge Fernández del Valle

chapter 8|14 pages

Positive youth development: a platform for a university training experience

ByC. Orte, M. Valero, M. Vives, B. Pascual, L. Sánchez-Prieto

part Part III|93 pages


chapter 11|14 pages

Residential care-leaving in the Global South: a review of the current literature

ByKwabena Frimpong-Manso

chapter 12|18 pages

Need-centered support for young refugees in Germany

ByHannes Reinke, Tobias Kärner, Tobias Ringeisen

chapter 13|13 pages

The life of an island child – where are the parents?

ByJanique N. Charles

chapter 14|18 pages

Homeless youth in India

BySolomon Renati, Shreeletha Solomon

chapter 15|14 pages

An inclusive and sustainable future life for young asylum-seekers

ByI. Di Maggio, S. Santilli, M.C. Ginevra, L. Nota

part Part IV|123 pages


chapter 17|19 pages

Wraparound: An adaptable, promising intervention to support isolated youth or those at risk of Stress, social support, and the buffering

ByLucy Rose Lightfoot, Ian de Terte, Kirsty Ross, Richard Etheredge, Ruth Gammon

chapter 19|14 pages

IT communication tools and techniques to support the coming of age: A focus on children and youth in child care

ByAndrea Rácz, Ernő Bogács, Marianna Jonkl

chapter 20|11 pages

The foster youth success campaign

ByDione Milan K. Washington

chapter 21|14 pages

Polish youth with limited family support: Externalizing and internalizing problems

ByKrzysztof Ostaszewski, Agnieszka Pisarska, Krzysztof Bobrowski, Jakub Greń

chapter 22|11 pages

From welfare dependence to independence: Orr-Shalom programs for graduates of out-of-home living placements

ByYair Medalion, Sharon Levin, Yana Kadosh, Nurit Yirmiya

part Part V|14 pages


chapter 25|12 pages

Emerging needs in the context of youth with no family to lean on

ByShula Mozes, Moshe Israelashvili