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Jacked Up and UnjustPacific is lander Teens Confront Violent Legacies$
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Katherine Irwin and Karen Umemoto

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283022

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283022.001.0001

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Youth Prepare for Adulthood

Youth Prepare for Adulthood

(p.126) 7 Youth Prepare for Adulthood
Jacked Up and Unjust

Katherine Irwin

Karen Umemoto

University of California Press

Where we introduced this book with Angel’s and Benny’s narratives, we complete the adolescent journey for these teens and others in chapter seven. In this chapter, we examine the different ways that youth prepared for young adulthood. Considering that several teens in this study grew up with chaotic circumstances -- some facing homelessness, multiple foster home placements, and incarceration as teens -- we look at whether supportive and capable adults can intervene in teens’ lives to help them as they prepare for adulthood. Just as gender shaped girls’ and boys’ childhood and teen experiences, transitions out of adolescence differed by gender as the pressures, constraints, and opportunities ranged for girls and boys.

Keywords:   Adolescence, Youth Resilience, Mentorship, Foster Care, Life Course Perspectives, Transitions to Adulthood, Patriarchy, Gender Inequalities, Youth Incarceration

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