A case study investigation into the life courses of homeless People
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study explored the early family histories of homeless young adults and their pathways into homelessness, drawing on qualitative secondary sources. Findings show that for many young homeless adults backgrounds are characterised by parental substance misuse and mental health problems, childhood maltreatment and witnessing violence, all of which provide a social context for the understanding for their pathways into homelessness. The findings also indicate that while some young adults run away from home others are either pushed out or taking into foster care. Overall the study found that the numerous living conditions and the lack of stability play a major role on their pathways into homelessness and complex lifestyles.
BSc (Hons) Housing Policy and Practice
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