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Social networks, Young adults -- United States, Youth with social disabilities -- United States, Youth -- Services for -- United States, Social work with youth


Social support is vital for the well-being of children and adults of all ages. Social support includes information, advice, or practical help from others that has positive effects on the young people receiving it (Munson et al., 2015). Since formal support ends when a young person transitions out of services, providers can assist young people to strengthen their existing informal supports and/or to connect them with other supports.

Social support is particularly valuable during times of difficulty or stress. Support from family members, friends, romantic partners, neighbors, mentors, and other community members may be given during a single event or provided consistently over time according to needs and availability. Effective social support is based on a belief in the potential of the young person and it inspires the young person to be their best.


Tipsheet produced by Pathways Transition Training Partnership, Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR.

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