The contents of this tipsheet were developed under a grant with funding from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and from the Center for Mental Health Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services (NIDILRR grant 90RT5030). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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.
Jivanjee, Pauline; Brennan, Eileen; Gonzalez-Prats, Maria Carolina; and Pathways Transition Training Partnership, "Building Community Supports for Young People in the Transition Years: A Tip Sheet for Service Providers" (2016). School of Social Work Faculty Publications and Presentations. 454.