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Young People Leaving Care in Saudi Arabia: What Needs To Be Done?

ALHJAJI, EMAN,YOUSIF (2022) Young People Leaving Care in Saudi Arabia: What Needs To Be Done? Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Institutionalization presents adverse effects on the developmental outcomes and well-being of abandoned children and young people. This research explored the problems of abandoned young people in, and out of, residential care systems in Saudi Arabia. The key purpose was to explore the value of more support for this vulnerable population. The study provided a summary of the present state of knowledge of abandoned young people in Saudi Arabia, and the progress made towards a comprehensive understanding of the scope and nature of the issue. Seven main research questions were identified, with data being collected from all players in the residential care systems, including abandoned young people in residential care, staff at residential care, care leavers, and employees at Ekha'a. A mixed-methods approach was applied to gather the needed information, mainly based on questionnaires and interviews. Thematic analysis was utilized as a method of data analysis to determine patterns and trends. In particular, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) tool applied for generating results. Present programmes in Saudi Arabia are not well-suited to address the plight of abandoned young people in and out of care institutions. Suggestions are made as to what steps are necessary in the future to enhance and expand the Kingdom's provision of care to tackle this challenge.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:Abandoned young people, care leavers, residential care
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Sociology, Department of
Thesis Date:2022
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:09 Jan 2023 10:07

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