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Kristin M. Ferguson; Jina Jun; Kimberly Bender; Sanna Thompson; David Pollio
The purpose of this study was to compare measures of addiction and transience among street youth in three disparate urban areas: Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. Street youth from Los Angeles (n = 50), Austin (n = 50...
Sanna J. Thompson; Kimberly Bender; Liliane Windsor; Mary S. Cook; Travonne Williams
Distinguishing between causes and consequences of youth homelessness is often difficult. Characteristics may have existed prior to youths' leaving home, likely contributing to their running away, or may develop once the youths become immersed in “...
Sanna J. Thompson; Kimberly A. Bender; Carol M. Lewis; Rita Watkins
Homeless youth are at particularly high risk for teen pregnancy; research indicates as many as 20% of homeless young women become pregnant. These pregnant and homeless teens lack financial resources and adequate health care, resulting in increased...
Anamika Barman-Adhikari, Elizabeth Bowen, Kimberly Bender, Samantha Brown, Eric Rice
Background: The ability of homeless youth to accumulate resources through their personal relationships with others (i.e. social capital) is often associated with improved outcomes across multiple domains. Despite growing evidence...
Kimberly A. Bender, Anne DePrince, Stephanie Begun, Jessica Hathaway, Badiah Haffejee, Nicholas Schau
Homeless youth frequently experience victimization, and youth with histories of trauma often fail to detect danger risks, making them vulnerable to subsequent victimization. The current study describes a pilot test of a skills-based intervention...
Kimberly Bender, Samantha M. Brown, Stephanie Begun, Anamika Barman-Adhikari, Kristin Ferguson
Homeless youth experience elevated rates of victimization, yet few studies have identified malleable intervention targets that could mitigate risk for such adverse experiences. Building on a prior study that used latent class analysis to identify 3...
Yeonwoo Kim, Kimberly Bender, Kristin M. Ferguson, Stephanie Begun, Diana M. DiNitto
Homelessness itself is traumatic, and more than half of homeless young adults have also experienced abuse as children and/or victimization while homeless. These experiences increase the likelihood of developing trauma-related symptoms and...
Kimberly Bender, Anamika Barman-Adhikari, Jonah DeChants, Badiah Haffejee, Yolanda Anyon, Stephanie Begun, Andrea Portillo, Kaite Dunn
Photovoice is a participatory action research method that empowers participants to photograph their everyday lives as a means of documenting and advocating for their needs; it has rarely been utilized with young people experiencing homelessness. The...