ERIC Number: EJ758247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
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Youth Homelessness and Social Stigma
Kidd, Sean A.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v36 n3 p291-299 Apr 2007
Building upon previous exploratory qualitative research (Kidd S.A. (2003) "Child Adol. Social Work J." 20(4):235-261), this paper examines the mental health implications of social stigma as it is experienced by homeless youth. Surveys conducted with 208 youths on the streets and in agencies in New York City and Toronto revealed significant associations between perceived stigma due to homeless status and sexual orientation, panhandling and sex trade involvement, and amount of time homeless. Higher perceived stigma was also related to low self esteem, loneliness, feeling trapped, and suicidal ideation, with guilt/self-blame due to homeless status having the strongest impact on mental health variables.
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Self Esteem, Mental Health, Homeless People, Anxiety, Suicide, Mental Disorders, Social Bias, Youth, Urban Areas, Foreign Countries, Attitude Measures, Psychological Patterns
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto); New York