ERIC Number: ED399337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
A Comparison of Homeless and Non-Homeless Adolescents.
LeClair, Mary C.; Hansen, James C.
The goal of this study was to extend what is currently understood regarding attitudes toward the homeless population. The study focused on how homeless and nonhomeless adolescents attribute the causes of homelessness. Grounded in attribution theory, the study hypothesized that nonhomeless adolescents would ascribe causality to dispositional or personal factors within a homeless person. Homeless adolescents, on the other hand, would causally attribute a person's state of homelessness to environmental conditions outside the person's immediate control. The samples consisted of two groups of adolescents, 61 homeless and 80 nonhomeless, ranging in age from 12 to 20 years. No differences were found at the multivariate level for the two groups along four dependent measures, two structural and two individual. Significance at the univariate level was found by group for both individual factors. A significant group and race interaction was also found on one structural factor. The literature was reviewed and further research questions were proposed. Appendixes contain the research questionnaire and a list of the dependent measures. (Contains 4 tables and 42 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 1995).