New publication

One of our studies about vulnerable youth in Rotterdam is published in the scientific journal Children and Youth Services Review. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 22 at-risk youths aged 15-25 years in an urban area, to study youths’ perceptions of help-seeking and social capital. Youths’ help-seeking orientation on the individual level, and the presence of bonding and bridging social capital at the contextual level, are important factors in explaining at-risk urban youths’ self-sufficiency. The results indicate that only few youths had positive help-seeking orientations, irrespective of their preference for self-reliance. Sources of help that youths felt comfortable to activate in their immediate environment were limited, but support was also found in extended family members. Bridging social capital was mainly provided by professionals and comprised of instrumental and informational support. Many youths believe they can be understood only by individuals who are similar to them, but simultaneously indicate a need for additional support from significant others.
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