Feasibility study of the social enterprise intervention with homeless youth

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Objective: To reduce mental health symptoms and high-risk behaviors and increase social support and service utilization among street-living youth, the authors conducted a pilot study to assess the feasibility of the social enterprise intervention (SEI) at a homeless youth agency. Method: Convenience sampling was used to recruit 16 street-living youth from the agency. SEI participants received 7 months of vocational and small business training and service referrals. A comparison sample of 12 agency youth was used. Results: Findings from independent sample t tests demonstrate that SEI participants displayed significant improvements at 9 months in life satisfaction, family contact, peer support, and depressive symptoms. Conclusions: Preliminary findings suggest that the SEI was feasible within the agency setting and associated with higher mental health and social outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-19
Number of pages15
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Homeless youth
  • Intervention
  • Mental health
  • Social enterprise
  • Vocational cooperative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology


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