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Discrimination and exiting homelessness among homeless adolescents.

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  • 1Center for Community Health, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, 90024, USA. nmilburn@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

This article examines how newly homeless adolescents' discrimination experiences were associated with exiting homelessness after 6 months. A sample of 262 homeless adolescents, aged 12 to 20 years, were recruited and followed longitudinally (6-month retention rate = 88%). Discrimination was related to being gay, lesbian, or bisexual (LGB). Discrimination from family was related to exiting homelessness. Other than those who were LGB, adolescents who reported discrimination from their families were more likely to exit homelessness than adolescents who did not report such discrimination. Suggestions for future research include focusing on the experiences of LGB homeless adolescents, the role of families in the lives of homeless adolescents, and other aspects of discrimination, including salience, frequency, intensity, and duration.

PMID:
17087527
PMCID:
PMC2376834
DOI:
10.1037/1099-9809.12.4.658
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