Homeless youth often engage in high-risk survival behaviours such as prostitution, theft and drug dealing to meet their basic needs. They often have histories of depression, low self-esteem, trauma, self-harm, substance abuse, and physical and sexual abuse. However, due to inadequate and non-existing treatment options directed at homeless youth, they tend to have limited service utilization. Low service utilization combined with high-risk behaviours puts homeless youth at risk of developing new mental illnesses, as well as chronic homelessness and social exclusion.
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Feasibility Study of the Social Enterprise Intervention with Homeless Youth was published in Research on Social Work Practice, January 2008, vol. 18, no. 1, pages 5-19.