The Effects of Homelessness on Children

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Individuals who are homeless are faced with physical, emotional, and psychological challenges each day. It is common for people who are homeless to have had a life riddled with traumatic experiences like physical and mental abuse and drug use. Homelessness gained public attention in the late 1970s because homelessness became more visible when it began to include women and children. Today homelessness can be linked to various other problems. It is estimated that 200,000 thousand Canadians have lived in or used the services of a homeless shelter. On any given night, as many as 30,000 thousand Canadians experience homelessness and as many as 50,000 thousand Canadians may be “hidden homelessness” victims. In other words, these individuals live with friends and families from day to day. Youth make up about 20% of the homelessness population. Violence and poverty are the main causes of homelessness in for women and families. Individuals who are homeless have a higher rate of victimization, mental illness and substance abuse (Didenko & Pankratz, 2007). Homelessness is a problem that affects every aspect of the victims’ lives, as well as the members of the community and will continue to do so until Homelessness is seen as a world problem.
Homelessness and Children Homelessness has an effect on every aspect of a child’s life. When a child experiences homelessness it is believed to inhibit the physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral development. Homelessness can affect the child…
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