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ERIC Number: EJ793679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Feasibility Study of the Social Enterprise Intervention with Homeless Youth
Ferguson, Kristin M.; Xie, Bin
Research on Social Work Practice, v18 n1 p5-19 2008
Objective: To reduce mental health symptoms and high-risk behaviors and increase social support and service utilization among street-living youth, the authors conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility of the social enterprise intervention (SEI) at a homeless youth agency. Method: Convenience sampling was used to recruit 16 street-living youth from the agency. SEI participants received 7 months of vocational and small business training and service referrals. A comparison sample of 12 agency youth was used. Results: Findings from independent sample t tests demonstrate that SEI participants displayed significant improvements at 9 months in life satisfaction, family contact, peer support, and depressive symptoms. Conclusions: Preliminary findings suggest that the SEI was feasible within the agency setting and associated with higher mental health and social outcomes. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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