Homeless Adolescent

An underage—in US, < age 18—person who is involuntarily without shelter or permanent address
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The aims of this doctoral dissertation study were to 1) explore the meaning of life for homeless adolescents, 2) examine how these youth structure their lives and how society has helped create that structure, 3) describe the cultural norms and mores of street life, and 4) understand how social, economic, and political forces within mainstream culture may influence the formation of a homeless adolescent subculture.
The current results support previous findings in which homeless young people were found to be depressed (Hirst, 1989) and in which 43% of a long-term homeless adolescent sample were severely depressed (Miner, 1991).
Factors in the psychological adjustment of homeless adolescent males: The role of coping style.
The prevalence of, and problems associated with, sexual abuse (SA) have not been sufficiently researched in the homeless adolescent population.
Gender differences in homeless adolescent behavior and sexual health practices as they relate to sexual victimization are underreported in the literature.
Academic achievement among formerly homeless adolescents and their continuously housed peers.
Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Homeless Adolescents With Their
Rationale and design of a brief substance use intervention for homeless adolescents.
The oral health of homeless adolescents and young adults anddeterminants of oral health: preliminary findings.
Homeless adolescents need practical life skills and extra help to deepen often-underdeveloped interpersonal skills.
Studies of runaway and homeless adolescents, as many as 40 percent of whom had previously rived in foster care, have reported high rates of mental health problems and high rates of sexual risk behaviors (Robertson, 1989).
Furthermore, research on homeless youth has sought to better understand sexual behaviors of homeless adolescents (Greenblatt & Robertson 1993), patterns of drug use and needle sharing among street involved youth (Kipke, Unger, Palmer, & Edgington 1996), and mental health issues experienced by homeless youth generally (Kennedy 1991) to gain an understanding of the potential needs and risks of youth experiencing homelessness.

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