Street Children and Homeless Youth

A Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • Lewis Aptekar
  • Daniel Stoecklin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Lewis Aptekar, Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 5-61
  3. Lewis Aptekar, Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 63-120
  4. Lewis Aptekar, Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 121-162
  5. Lewis Aptekar, Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 163-216
  6. Lewis Aptekar, Daniel Stoecklin
    Pages 217-235
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 237-240

About this book


This book deals with street children who live in the developing world, and homeless youth who are from the developed world. They are referred to as children in street situations (CSS) to show that the problem is both in the children and in the situation they face. The book examines several aspects of the children and their street situations, including the families of origin and the homes they leave, the children’s social life, and mental health. Other aspects are the problems of published demographics, the construction of public opinion about these children and the, often violent, reactions from authorities. The book then discusses current research on children in street situations, as well as programs and policies. The book ends with recommendations about programs, policies and research.


Children in Poverty Children in Street Situations Comparisons Between Homeless Youth and Street Children Cross-Cultural Approach to Children in Street Situations Deprived Children Displaced Children Gamines and Chupagruesos Group Dynamics of Children in Street Situations Homeless Youth Indicators of Child Participation Participatory Action Research Street Children The Aptekar Method United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

Authors and affiliations

  • Lewis Aptekar
    • 1
  • Daniel Stoecklin
    • 2
  1. 1.One Washington SquareSan Jose UniversitySan JoseUSA
  2. 2.University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB)SionSwitzerland

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