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A Test of Outreach and Drop-in Linkage Versus Shelter Linkage for Connecting Homeless Youth to Services

A Test of Outreach and Drop-in Linkage Versus Shelter Linkage for Connecting Homeless Youth to Services
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

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Abstract

This journal article describes a study that sought to engage non-service-connected homeless youth (n=79) in a strengths-based outreach and advocacy intervention. The youth were randomly assigned to receive six months of advocacy that focused on linking youth to a drop-in center (n=40) or to a crisis shelter (n=39). For all participants, the researchers conducted one pre-baseline assessment and post-baseline assessments at three, six, and nine months. The findings indicate that youth preferred the drop-in centers to the crisis shelters. The drop-in center linkage condition was associated with connecting youth to more services and with better outcomes among alcohol and HIV-related domains compared with shelter linkage conditions. These findings highlight the importance of outreach and service linkage for reconnecting service-marginalized youth, and drop-in centers as a primary service option for homeless youth. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25514
Authors
Slesnick, N., Feng, X., Guo, X., Brakenhoff, B., Carmona, J., Murnan, A., Cash, S., McRee, A.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Prevention Science

Volume new
17
Year published new
2016
Availability