A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Adults after Leaving the Care of the Institution

아동양육시설 퇴소생의 퇴소 후 생활 경험 연구

  • Received : 2009.06.16
  • Accepted : 2009.07.21
  • Published : 2009.08.31


The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of adults after leaving the care of the institution. To accomplish this purpose, we have collected various data from participants who left child care institution more than five years ago and analysed these data through qualitative data analysis method. The results showed that three key themes namely, "isolation-helplessness", "being chained to their past", and "marching towards a better future". "Isolation-helplessness" is divided into "becoming a real orphan" and "fighting alone the unsupported". "Being chained to their past" are composed of "institution, a hometown that one needs to leave", "being marked as a institutionalized person" and "scars and marks". Lastly, "marching towards a better future" are grouped into "taking advantage of institutional experience", "helping each other", "drawing a fine picture of their future happiness" and "moving ahead sweeping aside all difficulties". Lastly, this study suggested political and practical measures to enhance wellbeing of adults that have left the institutional care.


child care institution;leaving care;lived experience;qualitative study


Supported by : 한국학술진흥재단