Technology Use among Emerging Adult Homeless in Two U.S. Cities

Technology Use among Emerging Adult Homeless in Two U.S. Cities

Researchers have shown increasing interest in technology use among youths and emerging adults (Bleakley, Merzel, VanDevanter, & Messeri, 2004; Redpath et al., 2006; Valentine & Bernhisel, 2008). However, no research to date examines this issue among emerging adult homeless. As these young people are more difficult to engage in services (Ensign & Bell, 2004; Hudson, Nyamathi, & Sweat, 2008) and have higher rates of mental illness (Merscham, Van Leeuwen, & McGuire, 2009) and substance abuse (Barczyk & Thompson, 2008) than the general population, using technology may provide a novel means to approach them. This exploratory study sought to answer two questions: (1) How often, where, and for what purpose do emerging adult homeless use technology? (2) What risk factors (for example, transience, mental illness, addiction) predict technology use?

JOURNAL: Social Work
VOLUME: In Press
SOURCE: Oxford Journals
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013
LOCATION: USA

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