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Adolescent Homelessness and Associated Features: Prevalence and Risk Across Eight States

Cutuli, J.J., Treglia, D., & Herbers, J.E.
Type new
Journal Article
Year published new
Journal Name

Child Psychiatry & Human Development

Volume new

This study utilizes data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to estimate the prevalence of adolescent homelessness and relations to five indicators of poor functioning among students attending public high school in eight states. About 3.27% of students experienced homelessness, and nearly 7% of teens who identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) experienced homelessness. Homelessness was related to higher rates of sexual/dating violence as well as having been bullied and feeling unsafe at school. Homelessness and LGB identification predicted higher rates of more-severe problems with alcohol, hard drug use, poor grades, suicidality, and risky sexual behavior, controlling for other factors. There was no interaction effect between homelessness and LGB status, suggesting that these risks are additive.

Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue