Published July 23, 2018
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Elizabeth Bowen and colleagues on the publication of their article, "Risk and resilience among young adults experiencing homelessness: A typology for service planning," in Children and Youth Services Review.
Narendorf, S. C., Bowen, E., Santa Maria, D., & Thibaudeau, E. (2018). Risk and resilience among young adults experiencing homelessness: A typology for service planning. Children and Youth Services Review.
This study examined risk and resilience indicators in a sample of young adults experiencing homelessness to identify subgroups with different service needs.
Data came from a 2014 survey of homeless young adults (age 18–24) in Houston (n = 374). Participants self-reported risk and resilience indicators which were used to fit a latent class model.
A four-class solution was the best fit. Group-1 (n = 73), had high adult support and low trauma. Group-2 (n = 60) had low trauma but low adult support. Group-3 (n = 151), had high trauma exposure, high rates of mental health problems and low substance use. Group-4 (n = 90), had high rates across all risk variables.
Trauma, adult support, and substance use were key distinguishing features to inform screening and service planning.