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NCJ Number: 150052 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health Problems Faced by Homeless Young People in North-East Melbourne
Journal: Youth Studies Australia  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(Winter 1994)  Pages:31-35
Author(s): A Fuller; J Krupinski; O Krupinska; R Pawsey; V Sant
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study used data collected through interviews with 50 homeless young people residing in nine different housing services in Melbourne (Australia) in 1992 to examine the social and mental health problems they were experiencing.
Abstract: The sample showed high levels of suicide attempts, self- harm, sadness, and loneliness, as well as high levels of psychotic symptoms and anger. Most of these young people had never sought assistance from available mental health services and most of those who had did not find the assistance to be helpful. Feelings of sadness and loneliness experienced by these homeless young people could not be directly associated with their psychotic symptoms or anger. These authors attempt to group the sets of problems presented by homeless young people into those related to being disconnected, to experiencing psychotic symptoms, to acting out of anger, and to having low levels of trust. Nevertheless, these sets of problems do not correlate with or predict disturbed behavior, leading to the conclusion that the model of identifying those at most risk and referring them to specialist services may not be feasible for the young homeless population. 1 table and 23 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Homeless persons; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Victoria
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