Nowhere to Grow Homeless and Runaway Adolescents and Their Families

ISBN-10: 0202305848
ISBN-13: 9780202305844
Edition: 1999
Description: Les B. Whitbeck and Dan R. Hoyt begin their report on street children in the Midwest with the statement, "If you live in or have visited even a medium-sized city recently, you have seen runaway and homeless young people. They congregate in certain  More...
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Copyright Year: 1999
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication Date: 12/31/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 1.00" wide x 1.00" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Les B. Whitbeck and Dan R. Hoyt begin their report on street children in the Midwest with the statement, "If you live in or have visited even a medium-sized city recently, you have seen runaway and homeless young people. They congregate in certain downtown areas and hang out in malls during inclement weather . . . Mostly, they look like the other kids. . . . The difference is that they won’t be going home tonight."This book draws on a study of over six hundred runaway and homeless adolescents and over two hundred of their caretakers from cities in four Midwestern states. It focuses on the family histories of these young people and on the developmental impact of early independence. Street social networks, subsistence strategies, sexuality, and street victimization are all considered, as well as their effect on adolescent behaviors and emotional health.Relying on interviews and data from survey research, and working in partnership with street outreach agencies, Whitbeck and Hoyt lead the reader through the various risk factors associated with precocious independence, beginning in the family and extending to external environments and behaviors. Nowhere to Grow is an emotional account of the cumulative consequences for young people with few good options at the outset and even fewer once they are on their own.

Les B. Whitbeck is professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he specializes in the areas of drug and alcohol prevention, family sociology, and high-risk children and adolescents. His work has appeared in Society and Mental Health, Journal of Early Adolescence, and Journal of Community Mental Health. His most recent book is Mental Health and Emerging Adulthood among Homeless Young People.

Dan R. Hoyt is professor and chair of the department of sociology as well as acting director of the survey methods, statistics, and psychometric core facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work has appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family , Child Abuse and Neglect , and Journal of Adolescent Health .

Acknowledgments
Society's Forgotten Children
Runaway and Homeless Adolescents in America
The Midwest Homeless and Runaway Adolescent Project
The Family Lives of Runaway and Homeless Adolescents
The Early Lives of Runaways
Troubled Generations
Getting Along at Home: The Parent/Caretaker-Child Relationship
Taking Chances: Adolescents on their Own
Getting Along: The Social Networks of Runaway Adolescents
Getting By: Survival Strategies of Runaway Adolescents
Getting it On: Sexuality, Risky Sex, and Pregnancy
Getting Hurt: Victimization and Trauma on the Streets
Nowhere to Grow: the Developmental Consequences of Running Away
Internalization Problems among Runaway and Homeless Adolescents
Substance Use and Externalization Problems among Runaway Adolescents
A Risk-Amplification Developmental Model for Runaway and Homeless Adolescents
Growing Up on Society's Margins
Appendix
References
Index

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