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Sanna J. Thompson, Kimberly Bender, Jihye Kim
This study investigates family environments associated with depressive symptoms among male and female runaway adolescents. Data were collected on 197 participants recruited from a runaway youth shelter in the southwest. Regression analyses showed...
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...
Kristin M. Ferguson, Kimberly Bender, Sanna J. Thompson, Bin Xie
Research suggests that in comparison with their housed peers, homeless young adults have disproportionately greater involvement in criminal activity, including theft, property offenses, and illicit substance use (Baer, Peterson, & Wells,...
Kristin M. Ferguson, Kimberly Bender, Sanna J. Thompson
This study identified predictors of transience among homeless emerging adults in three cities. A total of 601 homeless emerging adults from Los Angeles, Austin, and Denver were recruited using purposive sampling. Ordinary least squares regression...
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...
Sanna Thompson, Jina Jun, Kimberly A. Bender, Kristin M. Ferguson, David E. Pollio
Substance use is highly prevalent among homeless, street-involved young people. Societal estrangement is often associated with substance use, particularly among this population. The current study sought to identify four domains of social...
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...
Kristin M. Ferguson, Kimberly. Bender, Sanna J. Thompson, Elaine M. Maccio, Bin. Xie
This study identified homelessness, substance use, employment, and mental health correlates of homeless youths' arrest activity in 5 cities. Two hundred thirty-eight street youth from Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, New Orleans, and St. Louis were...
Kristin M. Ferguson, Kimberly. Bender, Sanna J. Thompson, Bin. Xie
This study identifies mental health and situational predictors of arrest history among homeless youth in four U.S. cities. Using convenience sampling, we recruited 188 homeless youths from shelters, drop-in centers, and street outreach using similar...
Sanna J. Thompson, Tiffany N. Ryan, Angie Del Prado Lippman, Kimberly Bender, Kristin Ferguson
This study explored the perceptions of resilience and coping among homeless young adults, a focus that differs from previous research by considering the unconventional resilience and coping of this high-risk population. Semistructured qualitative...