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Behav Modif. 2004 Jul;28(4):565-78.

Assessment, prevention, and intervention activities in a school-based program for children experiencing homelessness.

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Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati, USA.


Children who experience homelessness are at increased risk for a range of health and mental health problems. In spite of this increased risk, they are often less likely to receive appropriate services. School-based programs offer considerable potential to reduce the gap between needs and appropriate services for these youth; however, there are few examples of such programs in the published literature. This article provides information from a mental and physical health prevention program and needs assessment for at-risk children, who were experiencing homelessness or were from very low-income families, which was piloted during a summer camp program in an urban school. Results of the needs assessment indicated that children residing in homeless shelters reported less consistent access to medical and dental care than children residing with their families. It is interesting that children experiencing homelessness were more likely to report that they had participated in counseling than did children from low-income families. Satisfaction ratings of prevention activities conducted in the program were positive for students and teachers.

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