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NCJ Number: 154060 Find in a Library
Title: Notice But Not Understood: Homeless Youth at School
Journal: Youth Studies Australia  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:(Autumn 1995)  Pages:29-35
Author(s): Y Symons; R Smith
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Many studies have shown that the number of homeless youth, around the world and in Australia, is increasing.
Abstract: It has been argued that particular social, institutional, and economic structures create conditions for the emergence of homelessness among large numbers of people. There is also a range of barriers to independence that exist within the structure of families -- parental expectations, emphasis on family solidarity, dominance of family values over those of peers and school -- that result in homelessness for many youth. Many young people also leave home as a result of physical or sexual abuse. School assumes a critical role for populations like homeless youth; they are in a position to provide socialization as well as social correction. Interviews with 13 homeless Australian youths revealed that home culture and school culture interact to structurally disadvantage homeless youths from successfully completing school. The study indicates that, while homeless youths are noticed in schools for being nonconventional, there is little effort by the system or individual teachers to identify reasons why this population is different or what kinds of services are needed. Major changes are required not only in the management of schools but in their governance in order to meet the economic and social needs of at- risk youth. 25 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Australia; Home environment; Homeless children; Intervention; Schools
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