ERIC Number: EJ697455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Future Expectations of Brasilian Street Youth
Raffaelli, M.; Koller, S.H.
Journal of Adolescence, v28 n2 p249-262 Apr 2005
Future expectations of youth surviving on the streets of Porto Alegre, Brasil, were examined. The sample consisted of 35 boys and 34 girls aged 10-18 (M age 14.4) who participated in a sentence completion task and semi-structured interviews. Responses to two incomplete sentences regarding the future revealed a mismatch between hoped-for and expected events. When completing the sentence, ''In the future, I hope...'' the majority of youth gave optimistic (but generally non-specific) responses. In contrast, the sentence ''For me, the future...'' elicited more pessimistic responses. Few gender or age-related differences emerged. Findings are discussed in light of prior research with general populations of adolescents as well as studies of street youth. Taken as a whole, results suggest that life on the street shapes and constrains how youth see their futures. Implications of the findings for policy makers and practitioners are addressed.
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