What is it about?

This paper reviews the research literature on youth experiencing homelessness with special attention to the challenges of meeting both social and mental health needs of this highly vulnerable population. We examine strategies that have worked to support youth experiencing homelessness and make suggestions on how providers and policymakers might continue to advance interventions to support these youth toward stable lives with permanent housing.

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Why is it important?

Youth experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable to multiple negative outcomes including physical and emotional problems. They are also at risk for the development of psychiatric and substance use disorders. These youth represent some of the most marginalized individuals in our society.


This paper is a board synthesis of our team's thinking and we hope to not only bring attention to youth experiencing homelessness but to also develop novel ways to intervene, engage and support this population.

Dr. Niranjan Karnik
Rush University

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This page is a summary of: Addressing Intersecting Social and Mental Health Needs Among Transition-Age Homeless Youths: A Review of the Literature, Psychiatric Services, January 2021, American Psychiatric Association, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900498.
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