2013 | United States
Where is family-based HIV prevention needed most: Poverty, homelessness & family-level mental health need as critical influences on youth outcomes
The threats of HIV exposure, substance use, and mental health difficulties are significantly increased for those youth who reside in inner-city communities and who experience an associated range of urban “toxins,” particularly high rates of poverty, exposure to violence and resource scarcity. For those youth who experience homelessness along with accumulated risks (e.g. parent with mental health or substance abuse difficulties, extended family instability), factors appear to converge to place them at the highest risk for overlapping difficulties, particularly behavioral risk-taking.
Small, L., Stephens, T., & McKay, M. (2013, January). Where is family-based HIV prevention needed most: Poverty, homelessness & family-level mental health need as critical influences on youth outcomes. Poster presented for the Society for Social Work and Research 17th Annual Conference: Social Work for a Just Society: Making Visible the Stakes and Stakeholders. San Diego, CA.