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Sanna J. Thompson, Stephanie Begun, Kimberly Bender
Homeless youth face numerous challenging life circumstances, both prior to leaving home and while homeless. Examples of such difficult experiences include exceptionally high rates of pregnancy and early parenthood, particularly in comparison to...
Kimberly Bender, Sanna Thompson, Kristin Ferguson, Lisa Langenderfer
Although a substantial body of literature demonstrates high prevalence of street victimization among homeless youth, few studies have investigated the existence of victimization classes that differ on the type and frequency of victimization...
Kimberly Bender, Sanna J. Thompson, Kristin M. Ferguson, Badiah Haffejee
Homeless youth are at increased risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. This study investigated childhood trauma as a risk factor for arrest or jail among a sample of youth seeking services at drop in, shelter, and transitional housing...
Kimberly Bender, Stephanie Begun, Anne DePrince, Badiah Haffejee, Sarah Kaufmann
Little information exists on the use of audio-based activities in groups as a means to engage young people’s strengths. This article presents findings from a study that employed a coconstructed audio documentary group to explore homeless youths’...
Sanna J. Thompson, Kimberly Bender, Kristin M. Ferguson, Yeonwoo Kim
This study aimed to identify homeless youths’ lifestyle and trauma-related risk factors as well as protective factors associated with alcohol use disorder or no disorder and drug use disorder or no disorder. Youth receiving homeless services in...
Kimberly Bender, Jessica Yang, Kristin Ferguson, Sanna Thompson
Youth exiting the foster care system through emancipation are at an increased risk for homelessness and adverse social, health, and financial outcomes. However, because youth exiting foster care are difficult to locate once homeless, few studies...
Kristin M.Ferguson, Kimberly Bender, Sanna J.Thompson
This study examines gender differences among homeless young adults coping strategies and homelessness stressors as they relate to legal (e.g., full-time employment, selling personal possessions, selling blood/plasma) and illegal economic activity (e...
Kimberly Bender, Kristin Ferguson, Sanna Thompson, Chelsea Komlo, David E. Pollio
This article discusses the prevalence of trauma and related disorders within the homeless youth population specifically in the rural united states (midwest). Homeless youth experience disproportionately high rates of trauma and posttraumatic stress...
Kimberly A. Bender, Sanna J. Thompson, Kristin M. Ferguson, Leah Kern
Previous research documents that street-involved youth experience rates of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that are significantly higher than their housed counterparts. Trauma and PTSD are of particular concern for homeless youth as...
Kimberly Bender, Samantha M. Brown, Sanna J. Thompson, Kristin M. Ferguson, Lisa Langenderfer
Exposure to multiple forms of maltreatment during childhood is associated with serious mental health consequences among youth in the general population, but limited empirical attention has focused on homeless youth—a population with markedly high...
Kimberly Bender, Nicholas Schau, Stephanie Begun, Badiah Haffejee, Anamika Barman-Adhikari, Jessica Hathaway
Case management, a widely practiced form of service brokerage, is associated with a variety of positive outcomes for homeless youth, but it may be difficult to implement, as youth face logistical barriers to attending in-person meetings. As part of...
Kimberly Bender; Kristin Ferguson; Sanna Thompson; Lisa Langenderfer
Literature reports high rates of street victimization among homeless youth and recognizes psychiatric symptoms associated with such victimization. Few studies have investigated the existence of victimization classes that differ in type and frequency...
Kimberly Bender; Sanna Thompson; Kristin Ferguson; Jamie Yoder; Anne DePrince
Utilizing qualitative interviews with a large sample of 145 homeless youth seeking services at homeless youth serviceagencies from across three U.S. cities (Los Angeles, Denver, and Austin), this study sought to explore youths’ perspec-tives on ways...
Kristin Ferguson; Kimberly Bender; Sanna Thompson; Elaine Maccio; David Pollio
This mixed-methods study identified correlates of unemployment among homeless young adults in five cities. Two hundred thirty-eight homeless young people from Los Angeles (n = 50), Austin (n = 50), Denver (n = 50), New Orleans (n = 50), and St....
Kimberly Bender; Sanna Thompson; David Pollio; Paul Sterzing
The purpose of this study was to compare young people seeking homeless services in two distinct geographic locations (Austin, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri). To determine differences between the two populations, the study used a guiding conceptual...