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ERIC Number: EJ896220
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
"We're Locking the Door": Family Histories in a Sample of Homeless Youth
Alvi, Shahid; Scott, Hannah; Stanyon, Wendy
Qualitative Report, v15 n5 p1209-1226 Sep 2010
It is well known that the pathways to homelessness for young people are embedded in often ongoing negative childhood experiences. Many of these experiences are rooted in multiple and intersecting problems including, but not limited to: family conflict, abuse, addictions, and mental health issues. The authors draw upon qualitative interviews conducted with 15 homeless male and female youth between the ages of 16 and 24 in a suburban area of Southern Ontario, Canada. We describe these young people's perceptions of family experiences and find support for Elliott Currie's (2004) proposition that a broader ethos of individualism and intolerant parenting underpins many youth experiences in contemporary society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada