Introduction . When Researchers Asked A Group Of Homeless

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When researchers asked a group of homeless youth why they left home, their responses were rather heartbreaking. Among some of their answers included were, “she kicked me out because I was too much of a problem for her”, “my parents are abusive and drug addicts”, and “because my mom never had a house and did drugs” (Bernstein, Fosters 2008). Unfortunately the number of homeless youths seems to be steadily rising. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development database found that there were twice as many youths, namely between the ages of thirteen to twenty-two, living on the streets in 2013-2014 than in 2004-2005. Shelters are not able to keep up with these growing numbers, as the National Coalition for the
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On the other hand, Mcree’s study "Child Abuse in Blended Households: Reports from Runaway and Homeless Youth”, which analyzed 40,000 cases from youths who had sought help from homeless shelters, found that only twenty percent of people reported being abused in childhood (Mcree, 2008).
The overwhelming cause of youths running away is to escape an abusive or unpleasant home life. As Thrane, Hoyt, Whitebeck and Yoder’s article reports, homeless youths are “…more likely than non-runaways to report their parents did not care about them “(Thrane, Hoyt, Whitbeck, & Yoder, 2006). Children and young adults experiencing verbal or emotional abuse have also been found to be a large risk factor in homelessness. In Ferguson’s 2009 study, it was reported that half of the sample had seen verbal abuse in their household. From this we may conclude that by exposing children to verbal abuse at such a young age, it becomes to the youth an acceptable way to act and handle emotions. In that same study many homeless youths admitted that they often felt rejected by their families. Ferguson’s article is unique in the fact that it delves into the effects of emotional abuse on homeless youth, as this seems to be a form of abuse many articles failed to address, perhaps because they regard drug and physical abuse as more significant risk factors to homelessness. This may be due to the fact that physical abuse is easier to track and monitor than emotional abuse, especially in

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