Maltreatment and Victimization in Homeless Adolescents: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
By Ana Mari Cauce, Ph.D., Kimberly A. Tyler, Ph.D., and Les B. Whitbeck, Ph.D.
The Prevention Researcher,
Volume 11, Number 1, 2004, Pages 12-14, Item# A111-CAUCE
Homelessness among adolescents is a growing concern, with 1 to 1.5 million youths in any given year spending some period of time in emergency shelters or on the streets. These vulnerable youth have been found to exhibit a host of emotional and behavioral problems including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic reactions, drug and alcohol abuse, and delinquent or aggressive behavior. We still have much to learn about the causes and maintenance of this constellation of problems. But it is quite clear that maltreatment and victimization, at home and on the streets, are implicated in these negative outcomes.
Using data from two research project focused on homeless youth, one in Seattle, Washington, and the other in the Midwest, this article looks at maltreatment among youth before they leave home, their victimization while living on the street, and the links between childhood victimization in the home, and later victimization on the streets.
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Volume 11, Number 1, 2004
The topic of adolescent maltreatment is not well covered in the research literature. Often, research on maltreatment bunches adolescents with much younger children and any resulting problems are attributed to child abuse. Articles in this issue compare the effects of adolescent maltreatment to child abuse, explore the relationship between maltreatment and homelessness or being involved in the juvenile justice system, and explores how to assist youth who have been abused.
This issue also featured these articles:
- Adolescent Maltreatment and Its Impact: Timing Matters, Pages 7-11
- Adolescent Maltreatment: An Overview of the Research, Pages 3-6
- Assisting the Abused Adolescent: An Interview with Dr. Deanna Pledge, Pages 19-20
- Maltreatment and Victimization in Homeless Adolescents: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire, Pages 12-14
- Teachers' Awareness of Maltreatment, Pages 18
- The Female Detention Project: The Typical Girl in Detention in Philadelphia, Pages 15-17
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