Psychological Interventions for Runaway and Homeless Youth

Noh, D.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2018
Journal Name: 
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Clinical Scholarship
Volume: 50

Issue: 5

This journal article presents a literature review that evaluated the effectiveness of psychological interventions for runaway and homeless youth in terms of mental health outcomes. The author identified five types of psychological interventions in 11 studies: art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based interventions, family therapy, motivational interviewing, and strengths-based interventions. The findings show that family therapies are likely helpful for cases involving substance abuse and CBT-based interventions may work best for youth suffering from depression. However, the review did not find support for the effectiveness of any of the psychological interventions on mental health outcomes. In addition to recommending further research, the author encourages mental health nurses to assess the mental health status of runaway and homeless youth and provide timely and effective interventions. (author abstract modified)

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Psychological Interventions for Runaway and Homeless Youth | National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth & Families


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