Who Is Supporting Homeless Youth? Predictors of Support in Personal Networks (2012)


De la Haye, K., Green, H. D., Kennedy, D. P., Zhou, A., Golinelli, D., Wenzel, S. L. and Tucker, J. S.

Search Terms: homeless youth, support systems, social contacts, social networks

Summary: Homeless youth lack the traditional support networks of their housed peers, which increases their risk for poor health outcomes. Using a multilevel dyadic analytic approach, this study identified characteristics of social contacts, relationships, and social networks associated with the provision of tangible and emotional support to homeless youth. Support providers were likely to be family members, sex partners or non-street based contacts.