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Connecting homeless youth to supportive others and boosting their belief in their abilities can help them to address problems in their lives.

Begun, Stephanie (2016) Connecting homeless youth to supportive others and boosting their belief in their abilities can help them to address problems in their lives. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (03 Aug 2016). Website.

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Abstract

Over 1.6 million young people are homeless in the US, an alternative that for many is one of last resort to escape abuse and conflict at home. With homelessness often linked to depression and substance misuse, how can we improve the situation of young people who find themselves in this position? Using a sample of homeless youth in Austin, Denver and Los Angeles, Stephanie Begun examines at the importance of social connectedness (how close one feels to the social world of others) and self-efficacy (an individual’s perception of the difficulty of performing a task or behaving in a certain way) to homeless youth. She finds that while greater social connectedness among homeless youth was linked to lower rates of depression and substance misuse, higher rates of self-efficacy was not.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 16:19
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 00:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69235

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