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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150692
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Promoting Mental Health and Resilience in Street-Involved Youth
Abstract:
Promoting Mental Health and Resilience in Street-Involved Youth
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:McCay, Elizabeth, RN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Ryerson University
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:Linda Cooper, RN, PhD; Heather Beanlands, RN, PhD; John Langley, MD; Patricia Robinson, RN, MEd; Naomi Mudachi, RN; Marianne Rigatti, RN; Sutra Parmasad, BA; Carol Howes, MSW; Karen Bach, BA, MPsych; Colin Dart, MSW and Susan Miner
[Research Presentation] For youth living on the street, mental illness may be either a major risk factor for homelessness or may frequently emerge in response to coping with the multitudinous stressors associated with homelessness. This paper reports on a comprehensive assessment of mental health need of homeless youth using mixed methodology (qualitative, participatory action and quantitative methods). A purposive sample of 65 subjects, ages 16 to 24, has been recruited from 4 community agencies Covenant House, Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, Turning Point and Street Outreach Services in Toronto. Youth had been living on the street or in short ûterm residential programs for a minimum of 1 month prior to their participation. Our group also conducted 8 qualitative interviews with a subset of the sample. The preliminary results indicate that these youth have profoundly high levels of mental health symptoms; including depression, anxiety, psychoticism, interpersonal sensitivity and increased hopelessness. Nearly two thirds of the participants have experienced physical abuse, while one quarter has been sexually abused, and 27% expressed some form of suicidal ideation. Just less than one half of the participants have engaged in some form of self harm and virtually all engage in some form of substance abuse. Further these young adults have considerably lower quality of life scores compared to Ontario high school students. Paradoxically, in spite of high levels of mental health symptoms, high levels of self esteem and resilience were observed. Without exception, these participants identified the centrality of supportive relationships in becoming mentally healthy and strong. The results from this study suggest that providing opportunities to build on strengths offers potential to improve mental health symptoms and overall quality of life. The results are being used to guide the participatory action component of the study which will guide our recommendations for youth specific mental health policy.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePromoting Mental Health and Resilience in Street-Involved Youthen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150692-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Promoting Mental Health and Resilience in Street-Involved Youth</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">McCay, Elizabeth, RN, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Ryerson University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">bmccay@ryerson.ca</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Linda Cooper, RN, PhD; Heather Beanlands, RN, PhD; John Langley, MD; Patricia Robinson, RN, MEd; Naomi Mudachi, RN; Marianne Rigatti, RN; Sutra Parmasad, BA; Carol Howes, MSW; Karen Bach, BA, MPsych; Colin Dart, MSW and Susan Miner</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] For youth living on the street, mental illness may be either a major risk factor for homelessness or may frequently emerge in response to coping with the multitudinous stressors associated with homelessness. This paper reports on a comprehensive assessment of mental health need of homeless youth using mixed methodology (qualitative, participatory action and quantitative methods). A purposive sample of 65 subjects, ages 16 to 24, has been recruited from 4 community agencies Covenant House, Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, Turning Point and Street Outreach Services in Toronto. Youth had been living on the street or in short &ucirc;term residential programs for a minimum of 1 month prior to their participation. Our group also conducted 8 qualitative interviews with a subset of the sample. The preliminary results indicate that these youth have profoundly high levels of mental health symptoms; including depression, anxiety, psychoticism, interpersonal sensitivity and increased hopelessness. Nearly two thirds of the participants have experienced physical abuse, while one quarter has been sexually abused, and 27% expressed some form of suicidal ideation. Just less than one half of the participants have engaged in some form of self harm and virtually all engage in some form of substance abuse. Further these young adults have considerably lower quality of life scores compared to Ontario high school students. Paradoxically, in spite of high levels of mental health symptoms, high levels of self esteem and resilience were observed. Without exception, these participants identified the centrality of supportive relationships in becoming mentally healthy and strong. The results from this study suggest that providing opportunities to build on strengths offers potential to improve mental health symptoms and overall quality of life. The results are being used to guide the participatory action component of the study which will guide our recommendations for youth specific mental health policy.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:40:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:40:14Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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