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The following Summaries and Links to Published Research are made available as a public service to advance regional understanding about youth homelessness. Our Children LA did not author of any of the listed articles and makes no warranties or representations regarding their content. Any questions about the content of the articles should be addressed to the authors.

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Who Is Supporting Homeless Youth? Predictors of Support in Personal Networks (2012)

August 3, 2015
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3507516/ De la Haye, K., Green, H. D., Kennedy, D. P., Zhou, A., Golinelli, D., Wenzel, S. L. and Tucker, J. S. Search Terms: homeless youth, support systems, social contacts, social networks Summary: Homeless youth lack the traditional support networks of their housed peers, which increases their risk for poor...

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For Homeless LGBTQ Teens, a Phone Can Be a Lifesaver (2015)

August 3, 2015
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http://www.wired.com/2015/07/homeless-lgbtq-teens-phone-can-lifesaver/ Alessandra Ram Search terms: lgbt, lgbtq, gay, homeless youth, cellphone, technology Summary: Christopher Wood was thrown out of his home because of his sexuality and credits his cellphone with saving his life. Now he hopes to expand his effort to provide homeless LGBTQ youth with cellphones across the country...

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Cell Phone Use among Homeless Youth: Potential for New Health Interventions and Research (2011)

August 3, 2015
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Cell Phone Use among Homeless Youth: Potential for New Health Interventions and Research http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3232411/ E Rice , A Lee and S Taitt Search Terms: homeless youth, cell phone usage, intervention, Los Angeles, social support Summary: Cell phone use has become nearly ubiquitous among adolescents in the United States. Despite the...

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Social Networking Technology, Social Network Composition, and Reductions in Substance Use Among Homeless Adolescents (2011)

August 3, 2015
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Social Networking Technology, Social Network Composition, and Reductions in Substance Use Among Homeless Adolescents http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3040814/ Eric Rice, Norweenta G. Milburn and William Monro Search Terms: homeless youth, alcoholism, drugs, cellphone, los angeles, prevention, technology Summary: Peer-based prevention programs for homeless youth are complicated by the potential for reinforcing high-risk behaviors...

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The Mentoring Effect: Young People’s Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring (2014)

August 3, 2015
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http://www.mentoring.org/mentoringeffect Mary Bruce and John Bridgeland Search Terms: mentoring, survey of youth Summary: Stressful situations can cause teenagers to feel overburdened and fall into a pattern of self-destruction that includes skipping school, excessive drug use or drinking or engaging in illegal activities. Mentoring programs can support teens through troubling times and...

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Characteristics of Natural Mentoring Relationships from the Perspectives of Homeless Youth (2013)

August 3, 2015
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Characteristics of Natural Mentoring Relationships from the Perspectives of Homeless Youth http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcap.12038/abstract Michelle T. Dang, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, and Elizabeth Miller MD, PhD Search terms: Homeless youth, natural mentor, social support Summary: Homeless youth experience high risks for poor mental health outcomes. This is the first published qualitative study on...

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Mentoring programs: A framework to inform program development, research, and evaluation (2006)

August 3, 2015
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jcop.20125/abstract Michael J. Karcher, Gabriel P. Kuperminc, Sharon G. Portwood, Cynthia L. Sipe and Andrea S. Taylor Search Terms: mentoring Summary: Mentoring programs can support teens through troubling times and prevent exposure to negativity to ensure a proactive journey in their time of need. This study reviews current strategies, evaluates...

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Mentoring adolescent foster youth: promoting resilience during developmental transitions (2006)

August 3, 2015
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2006.00427.x/abstract K.L Osterling and A.M. Hines Search Terms: emancipation, foster youth, independent living skills, leaving care, mentoring, resilience Summary: The current exploratory study used quantitative and qualitative data from an evaluation of the ‘Advocates to Successful Transition to Independence’ program, a mentoring program designed to train mentors to assist older...

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Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development (2002)

August 3, 2015
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Mentoring: A Promising Strategy for Youth Development http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2002/02/MentoringRB.pdf Susan M. Jekielek, M.A., Kristin A. Moore, Ph.D., Elizabeth C. Hair, Ph.D. and Harriet J. Scarupa, M.S Search Terms: mentoring, volunteering Summary: Adolescence can be a difficult time for teenagers to handle as the growth period represents a time of physical changes,...

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Ethical issues in research with homeless youths (2008)

August 3, 2015
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http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02671.x/abstract;jsessionid=9D28251DF9704DE72D64D566ED92FA3B.f03t01 Josephine Ensign and Seth Ammerman Search Terms: adolescent health, ethics, healthcare, homeless youth, research ethics, research incentives Summary: This study aims to document researcher, healthcare provider and program administrators’ experiences with ethical issues of research with homeless youth in the USA and Canada. Findings were taken from a descriptive...

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