Adult homelessness Selected Publications Pollio, D.E., Spitznagel, E.L. North, C.S., Thompson, S.J., & Foster, D. (2000). Service use over time and achieving stable housing in a mentally ill homeless population. Psychiatric Services, 51(12), North, C.S., Pollio, D.E., Thompson, S.J, Spitznagel, E.L. & Smith, E.M. (1998). The associations of psychiatric diagnosis with weather conditions in a large urban homeless sample. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 33, Pollio, D.E., North, C.S., Thompson, S.J., Paquin, W. & Spiznagel, E.L. (1997). Predictors of achieving stable housing in a mentally ill homeless population. Psychiatric Services, 48(4), North, C.S., Thompson, S.J., Smith, E.M. & Kyberz, L. (1996). Violence in the lives of homeless mothers in a substance abuse treatment program: A descriptive study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 11(2),
Diabetic youth and Families Selected Publications Thompson, S.J., Auslander, W.F., White, N.H. (2001). Influence of family structure on glycemic control in youths with diabetes. Health and Social Work, 26(1), Thompson, S.J., Auslander, W.F., White, N.H. (2001) Comparison between single-mother and two-parent families on metabolic control among youths with diabetes. Diabetes Care, 24(2), Auslander, W.F., Thompson, S.J. & Dreitzer, D. (1997). Mothers’ satisfaction with medical care: Relationship to medical outcomes in children with diabetes. Health and Social Work, 22(3), Auslander, W.F., Thompson, S.J. & Dreitzer, D., White, N. & Santiago, J. (1997). Disparity in health status and disparity between African American and Caucasian youths with diabetes: Family and community contexts. Diabetes Care, 20(10),
Mid-west Runaway Youth Outcomes Funding: Administration for Children and Families Selected Publications Thompson, S.J., Pollio, D.E., Bitner, L. (2000). Outcomes for adolescents using runaway and homeless youth services. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 3(1), Thompson, S.J., Pollio, D.E., Constantine, J., Reid, D., Nebbitt, V. (2002). Short-term outcomes for youths receiving runaway homeless shelter services. Research on Social Work Practice, 12(5), Pollio, D.E., Thompson, S.J., Tobias, L., Reid, D., Constantine, J., Spitznagel, E. (under review) Longitudinal outcomes for youth receiving runaway/homeless shelter services. Child and Youth Services Review.
Participant Agencies Runaway/homeless crisis shelters (n=371) 11 federally-funded agencies in 4 states: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. Short-term residential, crisis services Consecutive admissions Winter Spring 1998
Tracking n Agency staff involvement n Tracking methods used previously demonstrated non-biased follow-up sample Pollio, D.E. Thompson, S.J., North, C.S. (2000). Agency-based tracking of difficult- to-follow populations: Runaway and homeless youth programs in St. Louis, Missouri. Community Mental Health Journal, 36(3), n 6-weeks post discharge interview rates: 71% (n=261)
Instruments Brief Outcomes Instrument Q baseline and follow-up Q average test-retest reliability alpha =.78 Q proxy interview by parents (25% of follow-ups) Runaway Homeless Youth Management Information System (RHY MIS) \ Administration for Children and Families \ Shelter intake, demographic and family information
Runaway/homeless sample characteristics (n=261)
Runaway/homeless sample characteristics (continued) 4 Average age: 14.7 years, range Number of Prior Runaway Episodes: 2.4, range Number of Days on the run prior to service entry: Had family contact prior to service entry: 88% 4 Previously contemplated suicide: 36% 4 School status at intake: Attending regularly/graduated: 49% Truant/dropped out: 32%
Long-term Outcome Average days on the run for time period
Service use over time n Percent using services for each time period post-discharge n ServiceBaseline-6 weeks- 3 months- n Type6 weeks3 months 6 months n ____________________________________________________________________ n Crisis Intervention 7%10%13% n Housing 4%12%13% n Alcohol/Drug Treatment 8%11%21% n Mental Health36%33%33% n Health28%44%43% n Employment skills12%20%24% n Legal24%23%30% n ___________________________________________________________________ n Receipt of service types not significantly associated with maintaining positive outcomes
Implications Runaway/homeless crisis shelter services are able to successfully facilitate short-term change for runaway and homeless youth in crisis — thus, achieving their organizational mission. Although runaway/homeless crisis shelters appear to be as effective as longer-term services (the comparison condition) in achieving short-term outcomes, shelter services do not appear to maintain positive gains over an extended period.
Runaway/Troubled Youth Funding: Wendt Family Foundation Publications Thompson, S.J., Zittel-Palamara, & Forehand, G. (under review) Difference in risk factors for cigarette, alcohol, and marijuana use among runaway youth utilizing two service sectors. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse Thompson, S.J., Zittel-Palamara, K.M., Safyer, A.W., Forehand, G., Maccio, E.M. (under review). Runaway youth utilizing crisis shelter: Predictors of presenting problems. Child Welfare Safyer, A.E., Thompson, S.J., Maccio, E., Zittel-Palamara, Forehand, G. (under review). Adolescent and parent perceptions of runaway behavior: Problems and Solutions. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Participant Agencies u Youth and parent perceptions of risk and protective factors that influence youth behavior. u Consecutive admissions Sept – Aug 2001 u Buffalo, NY u Compass House Youth Crisis Shelter u 156 youth and 62 parents u Erie County Youth Detention Center u 174 youth and 106 parents
Demographics of runaway youth using shelter services Female: 56% Male: 44% White: 40% African American: 49% Other: 11% Average age: 16.0 years, range Number of Prior Runaway Episodes: 3.4, range 0-21 Lived with parent(s) prior to service entry: 51% School status at intake: Attending regularly/graduated: 42% Truant/dropped out: 29% Length of shelter stay: 10 days, 0 – 33 days
Runaway Youth Problems
Multiple Regression Models to Predict Youth Problems
Parents’ Responses Y Adolescents blamed for family conflicts - parents accepted little responsibility for adolescent's departure. Y Many parents were relieved that the adolescent was no longer in the home and were hesitant to have them return. Y Parents indicated that the child would have to change their attitudes and behaviors for reunification to be successful.
Detention Center Youth Y Admitted by parent/caregivers through family court and identified as Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS) Y Youth NOT admitted due to criminal activity - (non-secure unit) Y Approximately 70% of youth in Detention Center had past run away episode
Demographics of Youth admitted to Detention Center Female: 51% Male: 49% White: 45% African American: 37% Other: 18% Average age: 14.6 years, range Number of Prior Runaway Episodes: 5.0, range Lived with parent(s) prior to service entry: 84.9% School Status Attend regularly: 39% Attend irregularly: 58%
Logistic regression to predict marijuana use Detention Youth B OR Age Sex + alcohol Used alcohol Runaway Youth B OR
Detention Parent Responses Y Parent nearly always identified the problem as caused by their child - less often they identified themselves as contributing to problem. Y 56% reported problems between youth and father- figure. Y 74% reported problems between youth and mother- figure. Y Parents more often reported youth’s involvement in crime than did youth
Conclusions Families appear to be key in youth’s developmental pathways 4 leading youths toward independence while promoting positive relationships OR 4 tension in families lead to escalating negative situations and life experiences n Youth pathway to juvenile justice system seems to begin with: 4 family problems running away, 4 escalating problems in the home PINS placement 4 eventually leading to delinquency and juvenile justice problems n Interventions efforts need to focus on strengthening families while recognizing that long-term interventions may be necessary to overcome the negative experiences of these troubled youth.
RHY MIS – national database of runaway youth (approx. 65,000 cases) Selected Publications Thompson, S.J., Safyer, A.W., Pollio, D.E. (2001). Examining differences and predictors of family reunification among subgroups of runaway youth using shelter services. Social Work Research, 25(3), Thompson, S.J., Kost, K.A., Pollio, D.E. (under revision). Examining risk factors to predict family reunification for runaway youth: Does ethnicity matter? Family Relations. Thompson, S.J., Maguin, E., Pollio, D.E. (under revision) National and regional differences among runaway youth using federally funded crisis shelters. Journal of Social Service Research. Thompson, S. J. (under review) Gender differences in predictors of substance use/non-use among runaway youth utilizing emergency shelter services. Substance Abuse.
Texas (Region 6) versus National Estimates of Runaway Youth Caucasian, African American, Hispanic and American Indian groups over-represented among runaways – Asians under-represented. More TX youth discharged to institutions following shelter stay than national rates (27.2% vs 18.3%) Fewer TX youth use drugs (54.1% vs 59.2%), but more sell drugs (18.5% vs 16.1%) Higher rates of physical abuse than national estimates (9.8% vs 7.6%)
Texas Runaway Youth Funding: UTA Research Enhancement Grant Project with crisis shelter in TX to conduct comparisons with studies in NY Currently have 91 completed surveys of runaway youth utilizing services at The Bridge Emergency Youth Shelter Developing pilot of family-intervention and engagement
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