ERIC Number: EJ857246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Exploring Family Environment Characteristics and Multiple Abuse Experiences among Homeless Youth
Ferguson, Kristin M.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v24 n11 p1875-1891 2009
This qualitative study used data from the Social Enterprise Intervention (SEI) pilot study, a comprehensive vocational training program with integrated clinical services for homeless youth. In-depth interviews were conducted with 28 homeless youth participating in the SEI study to explore their perceptions of family environment characteristics and abuse experiences. The constant comparative method was used to analyze transcripts from in-depth interviews with the youth participants. Emergent themes related to family characteristics include home instability, abandonment, and caregiver substance abuse. Abuse-related subthemes include intrafamilial abuse, caregiver abuse, rejection, and deprecation by caregivers. Grounded theory is used to interpret findings and develop working hypotheses to guide future studies of multitype maltreatment among homeless youth.
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Grounded Theory, Substance Abuse, Homeless People, Family Characteristics, Caregivers, Family Environment, Vocational Education, Youth, Attitude Measures, Family Influence, Child Abuse, Interviews, Rejection (Psychology), Interpersonal Relationship, Outreach Programs, Job Skills, Skill Development, Business, Cooperatives, Mental Health, Sexual Abuse, Urban Areas
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