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Runaway and homeless youth: Strengthening services to families and children

by D.Terri Heath
Children and Youth Services Review ()

Abstract

(from the cover) "Runaway and Homeless Youth: Strengthening Services to Families and Children" addresses policy and practice issues for practitioners who work with this segment of the population. The text is a broad examination of psychological dynamics of individual youths, program features of community service agencies, and policy options aimed at alleviating or preventing this contemporary social problem. Original case studies are used throughout to illustrate and personalize the concepts in a human context. (cover) Integrating theory with practice, "Runaway and Homeless Youth": demonstrates how to identify patterns of runaway behavior and the nature of the runaway situation; explains how runaway youths become assimilated into the ranks of the homeless and the consequences of that life-style; discusses family situations involved with runaway youths; evaluates the diverse programs and services of community agencies operating in this field and the efficacy of existing programs; [and] explores how practice issues influence policy decisions. (cover) (from the introduction) The volume is designed as a text for a range of courses in human service professional schools and in social science disciplines. The content will be particularly useful to schools of social work to bolster the curriculum in practice for families and children. (introduction) In the field of education, teachers of counseling courses and other curriculum areas focusing on the secondary level will find the research and concepts that are presented to be of value. Sociology courses dealing with social problems, deviancy, and youth issues can be enriched by the immediacy of this subject matter. The areas of clinical and developmental psychology may benefit from the psychosocial approach that is employed, which examines both individual behavior and the social context that can exacerbate personal disability or serve as a positive force for personal growth. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved) (introduction)

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