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Improving program implementation and client engagement in interventions addressing youth homelessness: A meta-synthesis.

Authors
Curry, S.R., Baiocchi, A., Tully, B.A., Garst, N., Bielz, S., Kugley,S., & Morton, M.H.
Type new
Journal Article
Year published new
2021
Journal Name

Children and Youth Services Review

Volume new
120
Abstract

In this meta-synthesis of current findings on youth interventions, the authors explore common programmatic or contextual factors that researchers and/or practitioners identify as contributing to the successful implementation of an intervention for homeless and unstably housed youth; and (2) that youth and practitioners identify as hindering successful implementation of an intervention for these youth? Two primary themes regarding factors that support successful implementation and engagement were identified: (1) Organizational and system-wide policies can shape the quality and duration of interventions, and (2) Staff behaviors and training are paramount to the success of many interventions. Results further highlight organizational and system-wide policies and staffing behaviors and training needs. The authors conclude that their review supports services that emphasize empowerment and anti-paternalism, and increased attention to racial and LGBTQ equity in future exploration of implementation and engagement within programs designed for youth experiencing homelessness. (author abstract modified)

Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

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