ERIC Number: EJ697449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
From Home to Street: Understanding Young People's Transitions into Homelessness
Journal of Adolescence, v28 n2 p171-183 Apr 2005
This paper explores why young people leave home and become homeless. Drawing on life history interviews conducted with 50 homeless youth in Los Angeles, explanations provided by participants for becoming homelessness and how they understand their experiences are presented. In professional discourses, homeless young people are often portrayed as victims of physical abuse and emotional neglect. Although participants' narratives reveal that abuse and neglect play a central role in their decisions to leave home, many maintain a sense of agency in the recounting of how they became homeless. The importance of service providers recognizing young people's agency is discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Community; Counselors
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California