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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


School Psychology


The purpose of this dissertation is to gain insight into the journeys of homeless youth residing in transitional living programs in the Chicago area. There are multiple factors that can lead youth to homelessness as well as various risks made greater by living on the street that can lead to negative life outcomes. There is a dearth of research on outcomes of youth in transitional living programs, particularly research that includes the perspectives of those receiving services. This researcher partnered with three transitional living sites that serve homeless youth ages 18 to 24. Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods, the researcher collected information about participant's backgrounds, educational levels, job status, mental health, goals and sense of community before and after six months of participation in long-term transitional living programs.

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