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

Nowhere to Grow

Homeless and Runaway Adolescents and Their Families

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"If you live in or have visited even a medium-size city recently." the authors of "Nowhere to Grow" memorably begin their report on street children in the Midwest, "you have seen runaway and homeless young people. They congregate in certain downtown areas. They hang out in malls, during inclement weather. Larger cities may have several areas defined by geographic and ideological barriers. Mostly, they look like the other kids: sometimes outrageous in costume, sometimes in windbreakers and sneakers, maybe in gang colours. the difference is that they won't be going home tonight." This book comes out of a study of over 600 runaway and homeless adolescents and over 200 of their caretakers, who were from large to smaller 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 in terms of their effects on adolescent behaviours and emotional well being. Relying on interviews and data from a survey devised by their team, and working in partnership with street outreach agencies, the authors lead the reader through the various risk factors associated with precocious independence, beginning in the family and then extending to their subjects' environments and behaviours once they have opted to leave. In this volume they have produced a poignant account of cumulative consequences for young people who had few good options at the outset, and have even fewer when they are on their own.

"Nowhere to Grow is based on the authors' comprehensive study of 602 adolescents and their caregivers in a number of small and large Midwestern cities. Whitbeck and Hoyt (Iowa State Univ.) conclude that without effective intervention, the experiences of these runaways are essentially preparing them to become marginal adults whose "early adult status has come at the cost of essential developmental experiences." Upper-division undergraduates and above." --B. A. Pine, Choice "[Lew Whitbeck and Dan Hoyt] present a sobering and convincing portrait of the life experiences and tragic unraveling of human potential among a segment of America's distressed homeless and runaway youth... Whitbeck and Hoyt are clearly knowledgeable and committed scholars, and Nowhere to Grow represents a significant contribution to the literature on runaway and homeless adolescents." --Leon Anderson, Contemporary Sociology "Drawing on their study of more than 600 runaway and homeless adolescents, the authors utilize extensive quantitative and rich qualitative data to tell the stories of these youth... Whitbeck and Hoyt are to be lauded for their efforts to illuminate an elusive population so often misjudged and forgotten. The paucity of information regarding runaway and homeless youth makes their work a particularly welcome addition to our knowledge of children and families, especially regarding those found at the margins of our society whose voices are seldom heard." --Lee Ann De Reus, Journal of Marriage and Family "Relying on interviews and data from a survey devised by their team, 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 then extending to their subjects' environments and behaviors once they have opted to leave. The authors provide a poignant account of cumulative consequences for young people who had few good options at the outset, and have even fewer when they are on their own." --Adolescence -Nowhere to Grow is based on the authors' comprehensive study of 602 adolescents and their caregivers in a number of small and large Midwestern cities. Whitbeck and Hoyt (Iowa State Univ.) conclude that without effective intervention, the experiences of these runaways are essentially preparing them to become marginal adults whose -early adult status has come at the cost of essential developmental experiences.- Upper-division undergraduates and above.- --B. A. Pine, Choice -[Lew Whitbeck and Dan Hoyt] present a sobering and convincing portrait of the life experiences and tragic unraveling of human potential among a segment of America's distressed homeless and runaway youth... Whitbeck and Hoyt are clearly knowledgeable and committed scholars, and Nowhere to Grow represents a significant contribution to the literature on runaway and homeless adolescents.- --Leon Anderson, Contemporary Sociology -Drawing on their study of more than 600 runaway and homeless adolescents, the authors utilize extensive quantitative and rich qualitative data to tell the stories of these youth... Whitbeck and Hoyt are to be lauded for their efforts to illuminate an elusive population so often misjudged and forgotten. The paucity of information regarding runaway and homeless youth makes their work a particularly welcome addition to our knowledge of children and families, especially regarding those found at the margins of our society whose voices are seldom heard.- --Lee Ann De Reus, Journal of Marriage and Family -Relying on interviews and data from a survey devised by their team, 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 then extending to their subjects' environments and behaviors once they have opted to leave. The authors provide a poignant account of cumulative consequences for young people who had few good options at the outset, and have even fewer when they are on their own.- --Adolescence "Nowhere to Grow is based on the authors' comprehensive study of 602 adolescents and their caregivers in a number of small and large Midwestern cities. Whitbeck and Hoyt (Iowa State Univ.) conclude that without effective intervention, the experiences of these runaways are essentially preparing them to become marginal adults whose "early adult status has come at the cost of essential developmental experiences." Upper-division undergraduates and above." --B. A. Pine, Choice "[Lew Whitbeck and Dan Hoyt] present a sobering and convincing portrait of the life experiences and tragic unraveling of human potential among a segment of America's distressed homeless and runaway youth... Whitbeck and Hoyt are clearly knowledgeable and committed scholars, and Nowhere to Grow represents a significant contribution to the literature on runaway and homeless adolescents." --Leon Anderson, Contemporary Sociology "Drawing on their study of more than 600 runaway and homeless adolescents, the authors utilize extensive quantitative and rich qualitative data to tell the stories of these youth... Whitbeck and Hoyt are to be lauded for their efforts to illuminate an elusive population so often misjudged and forgotten. The paucity of information regarding runaway and homeless youth makes their work a particularly welcome addition to our knowledge of children and families, especially regarding those found at the margins of our society whose voices are seldom heard." --Lee Ann De Reus, Journal of Marriage and Family "Relying on interviews and data from a survey devised by their team, 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 then extending to their subjects' environments and behaviors once they have opted to leave. The authors provide a poignant account of cumulative consequences for young people who had few good options at the outset, and have even fewer when they are on their own." --Adolescence

Acknowledgments
Society's Forgotten Children
Runaway and Homeless Adolescents in Americap. 3
The Midwest Homeless and Runaway Adolescent Projectp. 15
The Family Lives of Runaway and Homeless Adolescents
The Early Lives of Runawaysp. 31
Troubled Generationsp. 43
Getting Along at Home: The Parent/Caretaker-Child Relationshipp. 55
Taking Chances: Adolescents on their Own
Getting Along: The Social Networks of Runaway Adolescentsp. 69
Getting By: Survival Strategies of Runaway Adolescentsp. 83
Getting it On: Sexuality, Risky Sex, and Pregnancyp. 95
Getting Hurt: Victimization and Trauma on the Streetsp. 107
Nowhere to Grow: the Developmental Consequences of Running Away
Internalization Problems among Runaway and Homeless Adolescentsp. 119
Substance Use and Externalization Problems among Runaway Adolescentsp. 135
A Risk-Amplification Developmental Model for Runaway and Homeless Adolescentsp. 149
Growing Up on Society's Marginsp. 159
Appendixp. 173
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780202305844
ISBN-10: 0202305848
Series: Social Institutions and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 229
Published: 31st October 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31