Exploring family environment characteristics and multiple abuse experiences among homeless youth

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This qualitative study used data from the Social Enterprise Intervention (SEI) pilot study, a comprehensive vocational training program with integrated clinical services for homeless youth. In-depth interviews were conducted with 28 homeless youth participating in the SEI study to explore their perceptions of family environment characteristics and abuse experiences. The constant comparative method was used to analyze transcripts from in-depth interviews with the youth participants. Emergent themes related to family characteristics include home instability, abandonment, and caregiver substance abuse. Abuse-related subthemes include intrafamilial abuse, caregiver abuse, rejection, and deprecation by caregivers. Grounded theory is used to interpret findings and develop working hypotheses to guide future studies of multitype maltreatment among homeless youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1875-1891
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Child abuse
  • Family environment
  • Homeless youth
  • Multitype maltreatment
  • Qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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