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Title: Homeless Youth - The Saga of 'Pushouts' and 'Throwaways' in America - Report of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, December 1980
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 262
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Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Senate committee report examines the phenomenon of homeless youth, defines the population, describes the families these youth come from, discusses their survival tactics when they live on their own, examines the services and resources available or lacking to them, and assesses their future.
Abstract: The results of a survey of runaway programs throughout the United States are cited. In general, interviews with program personnel indicated that many families of homeless youth experienced substantial money worries, lack of adequate income, concern over possible future parental layoffs, and underemployment and unemployment. The data also revealed that poor sibling relationships were a major cause of conflict for these youth. Future life options for the homeless juveniles were not judged to be good, regardless of whether long-range programs were developed. The committee saw few viable opportunities for them and shared a sense that these youth will probably repeat their own histories, abuse their own children, and eventually throw them out. To present a more complete picture of homeless youth, the report includes the results of interviews conducted with officials of New York State and City and with representatives of the voluntary agencies and alternative programs. Case studies and findings from this analysis are presented. Detailed recommendations based on the report's overall findings are provided. The report suggests approval and reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and increased Federal commitment to existing legislation. A bibliography of about 200 references and 183 reference notes are included. The survey instrument and findings, runaway youth program descriptions, Federal legislation, and supporting material are appended.
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Environmental influences; Home environment; Legislation; Runaways; Services effectiveness
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