The Streets Are Not A Home For Youth

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The Streets are not A Home for Youth

The United States of America is often referred to as the "Land of Milk and Honey," and is known throughout the world as a place of prosperity. While this may be true for some, there is a significant percentage of the American population who lives in poverty. There are many who are so impoverished that they do not even have a place to call home. While homelessness has always existed in America, never before has this nation seen such a high percentage of its youth population living on the streets. Even though Young people often become homeless due to family conflict and substance abuse, youth is at a higher risk for homelessness than adults ("Starry ...view middle of the document...

Accompanying substance abuse. Mental health is another key factor that leads to homelessness and poses additional problems to the survival of living on the streets. Mental issues limit problem-solving abilities needed to survive; therefore, mental problems can be crippling to youth, preventing them from the capacity to think with a clear mind that can compromise sustaining the life of homelessness. Mental health also adds to drug abuse as a form of self-medicating that can lead to the lack of mental stability, making it harder for youth to get off the streets. As a result, these young people can suffer from; suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In effect can become easy prey and fall victim to violence, prostitution, and gang affiliation, pregnancy from being molested or raped, and even survival sex. To the stronger and more streetwise youth on the streets.

Another source of sexual trauma is due to sexual orientation. According to "United States Interagency Council On Homelessness" (2013), " A disproportionate number of youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) and may experience homelessness as a result of family rejection” (para. 1). Many of these youth find themselves at risk of living without a place to call home, unexpectedly. Dealing with the strains and challenges of neglect, physical and emotional from rejection. Social stigma, discrimination, sexual abuse at home, or aging out of the foster-care system play a meaningful part in their unexpected homelessness issue.

Prevention and intervention strategies need to be implemented to help stop youth from becoming homeless....

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