Year: 2003 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, v.42, no.7, (July 2003), p.778-785 SIEC No: 20041022

This cross-sectional study explored differences in & the association of self-reported coping style, negative life events, self-esteem, & perceived social support with the psychological adjustment of homeless & nonhomeless adolescent males. Data were collected from 100 youths accessing an emergency shelter & 2 comparison groups of nonhomeless youths. Homeless youths reported a higher prevalence of family dysfunction, school difficulties, suicide attempts, legal problems, & substance use than nonhomeless youths. (48 refs)