Homeless youth seeking health and life-meaning through popular culture and the arts

MUTERE Malaika, et al
Journal article citation:
Child and Youth Care Forum, 43(5), 2014, pp.273-287.

This pilot study demonstrates the roles of popular culture, media and the arts in the health and self-esteem of homeless youth. Reflecting focus group findings from a representative sample of street and sheltered youth, this article provides a qualitative assessment of what they advocated as an effective intervention that would promote the receipt of health services within their vulnerable community. Unlike alienating disease models where adverse health behaviours and outcomes determine intervention success or failure, a culturally-sensitive approach which provided skills mentoring and engaged the youth as health advocates seemed likely to produce important recovery incentives and enhanced health outcomes. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
homelessness, arts, health, wellbeing, young people, mass media, self-esteem, prevention, mentoring, peer groups;
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United States
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