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Assessing and treating complex mental health needs among homeless youth in a shelter-based clinic.

Assessing and treating complex mental health needs among homeless youth in a shelter-based clinic.
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

Background: Rates of homelessness have been increasing in recent years, thereby necessitating a more direct approach to treating this complex social problem. Homeless youth have disproportionately high rates of untreated mental health problems and are therefore particularly vulnerable to the effects of homelessness during the transition period from adolescence to adulthood. Methods: The study team developed a shelter-based clinic and collected clinical measures on youth who attended this clinic from October 2016 through June 2018. Results: Youth attended an average number of three sessions, but there was a significant drop in follow-up after the first (intake) appointment. Depression, anger, and adjustment disorder emerged as the most common presenting mental health concerns identified by clinicians in the intake appointment, and trauma was identified as a significant complaint for those youth who returned for a second session. Conclusion: Mental health care is needed in this population, but future studies should explore alternative approaches to retaining homeless youth in treatment and in designing targeted trauma-informed interventions.

Authors
Winiarski, D.A., Rufa, A.K., Bounds, D.T., Glover, A.C., Hill, K.A., & Karnik, N.S.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

BMC Health Services Research

Volume new
20
Issue
109
Year published new
2020

Counting All Homeless Youth Today So We May No Longer Need To Tomorrow

Counting All Homeless Youth Today So We May No Longer Need To Tomorrow
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article calls attention to the vastness of youth homelessness and for solutions that scale effective housing and supportive services to address currently and imminently homeless youth. Addresses the implementation of new structural interventions. (author abstract modified)

Authors
Auerswald, C. L., Adams, S.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Journal of Adolescent Health

Volume new
62
Issue
1
Year published new
2018