Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Transitional Street Youth

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154339
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Presentation
Title:
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Transitional Street Youth
Abstract:
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Transitional Street Youth
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:McCay, Elizabeth, RN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Ryerson University
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:John Langley, MD; Heather Beanlands, RN, PhD; Linda Cooper, RN, PhD; Patricia Robinson, RN, MEd; Carol Howes, MSW; Karen Bach, BA, MPsych; Colin Dart, MSW; Susan Miner, ; Naomi Mudachi, ; Marianne Rigatti,
We are a team of researchers and community partners working together to develop an in-depth understanding of the mental health needs of homeless youth (ages 16 to 24). It is readily apparent that homeless youth experience a range of mental health problems. 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 including exposure to violence, pressure to participate in survival sex and/or drug use. The immediate objective of this research study is to undertake a comprehensive assessment of mental health needs. A mixed methodology triangulating qualitative, participatory action and quantitative methods will capture the data related to mental health needs of homeless youth. A purposive sample of approximately 60-80 subjects, ages 16 to 24, is currently being recruited to participate from the community agencies Covenant House, Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, Turning Point and Street Outreach Services in Toronto. Youth living on the street or in short ?term residential programs for a minimum of 1 month prior to their participation; ages 16 to 24 and able to give informed consent will be invited to participate in the study.  Our preliminary data indicates that these youth have profoundly high levels of depression. Despite this exceedingly high level of emotional distress, our preliminary results also indicate moderately high levels of resilience in this vulnerable group. It is anticipated that results from this study will contribute to the development of mental health policy, as well as future programs that are relevant to the mental health needs of street youth. It was anticipated that preliminary quantitative data (40-50 subjects) and qualitative data would be available for presentation at the conference.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.titleQuantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Transitional Street Youthen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154339-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Understanding the Mental Health Needs of Transitional Street 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">2006</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">John Langley, MD; Heather Beanlands, RN, PhD; Linda Cooper, RN, PhD; Patricia Robinson, RN, MEd; Carol Howes, MSW; Karen Bach, BA, MPsych; Colin Dart, MSW; Susan Miner, ; Naomi Mudachi, ; Marianne Rigatti,</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">We are a team of researchers and community partners working together to develop an in-depth understanding of the mental health needs of homeless youth (ages 16 to 24). It is readily apparent that homeless youth experience a range of mental health problems. 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 including exposure to violence, pressure to participate in survival sex and/or drug use. The immediate objective of this research study is to undertake a comprehensive assessment of mental health needs. A mixed methodology triangulating qualitative, participatory action and quantitative methods will capture the data related to mental health needs of homeless youth. A purposive sample of approximately 60-80 subjects, ages 16 to 24, is currently being recruited to participate from the community agencies Covenant House, Evergreen Centre for Street Youth, Turning Point and Street Outreach Services in Toronto. Youth living on the street or in short ?term residential programs for a minimum of 1 month prior to their participation; ages 16 to 24 and able to give informed consent will be invited to participate in the study.&nbsp; Our preliminary data indicates that these youth have profoundly high levels of depression. Despite this exceedingly high level of emotional distress, our preliminary results also indicate moderately high levels of resilience in this vulnerable group. It is anticipated that results from this study will contribute to the development of mental health policy, as well as future programs that are relevant to the mental health needs of street youth. It was anticipated that preliminary quantitative data (40-50 subjects) and qualitative data would be available for presentation at the conference.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:55:23Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:55:23Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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