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Bill McCarthy and John Hagan (1992)

Surviving on the Street: The Experiences of Homeless Youth

Journal of Adolescent Research, 7(4):412--430.

Questionnaire data are drawn on to describe the living conditions of 390 adolescents who had left home & were living on the streets in Toronto, Ontario, in 1987. The majority of respondents (Rs) had spent a considerable amount of time without adequate shelter, food, or income; many were involved in illegal activities & had been incarcerated or suicidal. Multiple regression analyses revealed that the most consistent predictors of hunger, criminal activity, & incarceration were conditions of street life itself: the lack of secure shelter & the length of time on the street. Overall, the living conditions of these Rs closely parallel those of homeless adults, suggesting that it may be inappropriate to label the former runaways & to consistently separate adults & adolescents into distinct homeless populations. 4 Tables, 44 References. Adapted from the source document.

homeless youth's living conditions, Toronto, Ontario, 1987 questionnaire data, *Toronto, Ontario, *Living Conditions, *Homelessness, *Youth, article, 1939: the family and socialization; adolescence & youth, 2793: studies in poverty; homelessness
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Homelessness; *Youth; *Toronto, Ontario; *Living Conditions

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