Intervening with Homeless Youths: Direct Practice Without Blaming the Victim

Bronstein, Laura R.
April 1996
Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal;Apr96, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p127
Academic Journal
Homeless adolescents present with an array of difficulties, being perhaps the neediest group of youths in the U.S. While policy and programmatic needs of this population are often discussed, their clinical needs can be overlooked for fear of "implied victim blaming". This paper examines characteristics of homeless youths, diverse practice methods that have been applied to this population, and related theories. Three models of practice are described, with examples, as potentially applicable to individual and family intervention with this population.


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