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J Health Psychol. 2007 Sep;12(5):726-36.

Health and street/ homeless youth.

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  • 1Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, Canada.


This article reviews the Canadian literature on health issues for homeless/street youth couched in terms of the broad determinants of health. A description of the target population is presented, followed by a discussion of the health risks associated with living in marginal and precarious situations ;on the street'. In particular, the potential consequences of engaging in the risky and often dangerous activities (e.g. substance abuse and high-risk sex) associated with the street lifestyle are discussed. Key conclusions drawn from the relevant literature are taken into consideration in a final section that includes a discussion of the policy implications of this work.

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