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Correlates of service utilization among homeless youth


  • Tyler, Kimberly A.
  • Akinyemi, Sarah L.
  • Kort-Butler, Lisa A.


Though few studies exist on service utilization among homeless youth in the U.S., services are important because without them, many of these young people may resort to delinquent strategies in order to meet their daily survival needs. The current study examines frequency and correlates of service utilization (i.e., shelters, food programs, street outreach, counseling, STI and HIV testing) among a sample of 249 homeless youth ages 14 to 21. Multivariate analysis revealed significant differences in service usage by sex, age, and sexual orientation. Experiencing family physical and/or sexual abuse, being kicked out of the family home, spending more nights per week sleeping on the street, and having ever stayed in a group home facility were significant correlates of homeless youths' service usage.

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  • Tyler, Kimberly A. & Akinyemi, Sarah L. & Kort-Butler, Lisa A., 2012. "Correlates of service utilization among homeless youth," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(7), pages 1344-1350.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:7:p:1344-1350
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.03.010

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    1. Bender, Kimberly & Schau, Nicholas & Begun, Stephanie & Haffejee, Badiah & Barman-Adhikari, Anamika & Hathaway, Jessica, 2015. "Electronic case management with homeless youth," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 36-42.
    2. Barman-Adhikari, Anamika & Rice, Eric, 2014. "Social networks as the context for understanding employment services utilization among homeless youth," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 90-101.
    3. Wershler, Julie L. & Ronis, Scott T., 2015. "Psychosocial characteristics and service needs of Canadian suburban male youth at risk for homelessness," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 29-36.
    4. Ha, Yoonsook & Narendorf, Sarah C. & Santa Maria, Diane & Bezette-Flores, Noel, 2015. "Barriers and facilitators to shelter utilization among homeless young adults," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 25-33.


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