What is it about?

Based on the life course perspective, we explored the role of objective and subjective factors in explaining general life satisfaction and domain-specific life satisfaction (work-financial-housing, social relationships-emotional state) among care leavers.

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Why is it important?

we found that general life satisfaction among care leavers is relatively low and levels of domain-specific life satisfaction varied across domains. While the level of satisfaction in the domain of social relationships and emotional state was relatively high, satisfaction in the domain of work-financial-housing was lower. To promote the subjective wellbeing of care leavers in young adulthood three area should be the focus of practitioners and services: promoting a positive in-care social climate by enhancing supportive relationships with peers and staff; increasing the proportion of alumni achieving a quality matriculation diploma and enhancing integration in post-secondary education; and implementing policy measures to address the material hardship of these young people after leaving care.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations. I feel that this study not only provides a comprehensive picture of the determinants of subjective well-being among care leavers, but also indicates specific directions of action in order to promote their welfare.

Netta Achdut
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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This page is a summary of: Life satisfaction among alumni of youth villages in Israel: A life course perspective., American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, April 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ort0000622.
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