Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 235-261

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Street Youth: Coping and Interventions

  • Sean A. KiddAffiliated withYale Program for Recovery and Community Health

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A literature review of research into interventions among street youth is presented along with the results of a qualitative analysis of interviews with 80 street youth on the topic of coping. Themes arising from the qualitative analysis include street youths' negative and positive experiences with social support; and attitudes and beliefs such as self-worth, decreased reactivity to other's opinions, hope for the future, pride in self-reliance, anger/non-conformity, and spirituality. Recommendations of this study include the need for outcome research and programme evaluation, inclusion of sociocultural factors as variables, and accessing the experiences of street youth.

Street Youth Runaway Coping Intervention Qualitative Review