Factors associated with homelessness of adolescents under supervision of the youth protection system.

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Source
J Adolesc. 2005 Apr;28(2):215-30
Publication Type
Article
Date
Apr-2005
Author
Marie Robert
Robert Pauzé
Louise Fournier
Author Affiliation
Department of Psychoéducation and Psychology, Université du Québec en Outaouais, C.P. 1250, Succ. Hull, Canada J8x 3X7. marie.robert@uqo.ca
Source
J Adolesc. 2005 Apr;28(2):215-30
Date
Apr-2005
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Causality
Child
Child Welfare
Family Characteristics
Female
Homeless Youth
Humans
Male
Quebec
Social Support
Abstract
There are two factors that limit our knowledge of the risk factors associated with homelessness among runaway adolescents, namely (1) the samples used are often composed of youth homeless service users and/or youths living on the streets (visible homelessness), whereas most adolescents in fact use "private" resources (hidden homelessness), and (2) failure to use an adequate control group to identify risk factors associated specifically with homelessness. Our study compares the characteristics of two groups of youths under the supervision of the youth protection system, according to the presence or absence of periods of homelessness. The results throw light on the factors underlying the shift from "at risk" to "homeless", showing that youths with experience of homelessness are more likely to have been placed in substitute home environments, have experienced significant relationship difficulties with one of their parents (deterioration of the parent/youth relationship and parental abuse) and to have been diagnosed with behavioural disorders. The findings suggest that the decision to place young people under supervision is based more on the dynamic between risk factors rather than on the existence of behavioural problems.
PubMed ID
15878044 View in PubMed
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