Nowhere to Grow: Homeless and Runaway Adolescents and Their Families by Les B. WhitbeckNowhere to Grow: Homeless and Runaway Adolescents and Their Families by Les B. Whitbeck

Nowhere to Grow: Homeless and Runaway Adolescents and Their Families

byLes B. Whitbeck

Paperback | October 31, 1999

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Les B. Whitbeck and Dan R. Hoyt begin their report on street children in the Midwest with the statement, "If you live in or have visited even a medium-sized city recently, you have seen runaway and homeless young people. They congregate in certain downtown areas and hang out in malls during inclement weather . . . Mostly, they look like the other kids. . . . The difference is that they won't be going home tonight."

This book draws on a study of over six hundred runaway and homeless adolescents and over two hundred of their caretakers from cities in four Midwestern states. It focuses on the family histories of these young people and on the developmental impact of early independence. Street social networks, subsistence strategies, sexuality, and street victimization are all considered, as well as their effect on adolescent behaviors and emotional health.

Relying on interviews and data from survey research, and working in partnership with street outreach agencies, Whitbeck and Hoyt lead the reader through the various risk factors associated with precocious independence, beginning in the family and extending to external environments and behaviors. Nowhere to Grow is an emotional account of the cumulative consequences for young people with few good options at the outset and even fewer once they are on their own.

Dan R. Hoyt is professor and chair of the department of sociology as well as acting director of the survey methods, statistics, and psychometric core facility at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work has appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Journal of Adolescent Health. Les B. Whitbeck...
Title:Nowhere to Grow: Homeless and Runaway Adolescents and Their FamiliesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:229 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.65 inPublished:October 31, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0202305848

ISBN - 13:9780202305844

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