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Homeless Adolescents: Common Clinical Concerns (2003)


Jennifer Feldmann, MD and, Amy B. Middleman, MD, MPH, MSED

Search Terms: homeless youths, physical problems, psychological problems, sexually transmitted infections

Summary: Homeless youth are at alarmingly high risk for a myriad of physical and psychological problems as a result of both the circumstances that predated their homelessness, and as a direct consequence of life on the streets. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy, trauma, tuberculosis, uncontrolled asthma, and dermatologic infestations are a few of the health problems with which these youth commonly present. Providers need to be the voices advocating for improved services for this disadvantaged and silent population.