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The Influence of Events During Youth and of Social Heritage Within the Homeless Support Service User Population


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  • Jean-Marie Firdion


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    It is possible to draw links between the present situation of the people using homeless support services, their experiences during childhood and teenage years, and their original family context. The study takes into account the mobilisable resources of these people (their capital) in order to understand how, beyond life accidents, structural effects could be involved. The probability of having been attacked and of having used a social welfare office is increased in cases of domestic violence, being fostered, the early death of a parent, or the economic poverty of the family of origin. A persons academic, social, economic and health capital influences the probability of having a job, and of having made a social welfare application. Within this sample, having been fostered is linked not only to domestic violence, the early death or serious illness of a parent, but also to financial difficulties of the family of origin.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 391-392 (2006)
    Issue (Month): (October)
    Pages: 85-114

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es391-392e

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    Keywords: Homeless; Poverty; Childhood; Foster-Care;

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