Research Summaries

Research Summaries

Publication Date: 2012
Our society often stresses personal success, often unrealistic standards of achievement, and little tolerance for those who fail to measure up. This emphasis on individual responsibility ignores the structural forces that shape the lives of vulnerable populations. Childhood abuse, family conflict, mental health and addictions are the forces that can have an influence on the lives of youth. Still, homeless youth are largely considered,...
Publication Date: 2012
Homelessness has become an important social and political issue over the past 10 years. Ten thousand Canadians are homeless on any given night. Homeless people suffer more from physical and mental illness, substance abuse issues and tend to die earlier than the general public. The street homeless population, compared to the hidden homeless, is the most challenging homeless group to work with because of their complex needs and their...
Publication Date: 2012
Unequal health outcomes and unfair access to health care has been identified as a major problem in Canada, even though publically health care is available for all residents. People who use drugs and are street involved face major barriers to health care and their life expectancy is lower than those of the general public. A person’s social position is strongly tied to his/her quality of life and those at the bottom of the social ladder...
Publication Date: 2012
Shelters are mainly separated based on the sex that one was born (female or male), making it extremely difficult and unsafe for many females-to-males (FTMs) to navigate and find refuge in. Men’s shelter providers have described being unable to safely serve FTMs and women’s shelters have been viewed as an inappropriate alternative, leaving FTMs with no safe place to turn for shelter. Download the summary (PDF)Invisible Men: FTMs and...
Publication Date: 2012
We may think we have a good idea about what ethical research is, but applying the usual standards to diverse populations such as people who are homeless, presents different types of challenges. Download the summary (PDF) The Ethics of Conducting Community-Engaged Homelessness Research was published by the Journal of Academic Ethics in 2009 (Vol. 7: pages 57–68). Aussi disponible en français
Publication Date: 2012
This study examines a number of things (e.g. coping, social service use, relationships) which are thought to influence whether or not youth with histories of homelessness participate in school. The researcher’s goal was to determine which of these factors predict school participation for young people who have been homeless. Download the summary (PDF) Resilient Educational Outcomes: Participation in School by Youth With Histories of...

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