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Predictors of Outreach Meetings Among Substance Using Homeless Youth

Authors: 
Carmona, J.,
Slesnick, N.,
Guo, X.,
Murnan, A.,
Brakenhoff, B.
Type: 
Journal Article
Year Published: 2017
Journal Name: 
Community Mental Health Journal
Volume: 53

Issue: 1
Abstract: 

This journal article describes a study that examined predictors of meetings with outreach workers among 79 homeless youth, ages 14 to 24, who self-reported substance use and were not currently connected to any supportive services. The study found the following factors predicted higher meeting frequency with an outreach worker: 1) being an older homeless youth, 2) not using hard drugs within the past 30 days, 3) experiencing higher levels of depressive symptoms, and 4) reporting fewer drug-related problems. The authors discuss how understanding what predicts outreach engagement can improve service providers ability to connect marginalized youth to resources to reduce unhealthy and dangerous risk behaviors. (Author Abstract Modified)

Availability: 
The full-text article is available for download via purchase or subscription: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10597-015-9919-8
Accession Number: 
25469