The high-risk environment of homeless young adults

Consequences for physical and sexual victimization

Kimberly A Tyler, Morgan R. Beal

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Abstract

Little is known about how the social environment of homeless youth contributes to their risk and how it varies for different types of victimization. As such, the current study examines the constructs of victimization theories in order to investigate the potential risk for physical and sexual victimization among homeless young adults. Results revealed that running at an earlier age, running more often, sleeping on the street, panhandling, deviant peers associations, and not having a family member in one's network are associated with more physical victimization. Being female, a sexual minority, having an unkempt physical appearance, panhandling, and having friends who traded sex are associated with more sexual victimization. Overall, we fi nd that the constructs differed in their ability to explain sexual versus physical victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-115
Number of pages15
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Lifestyle-exposure theory
  • Risk factors
  • Routine activity theory
  • Youth

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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The high-risk environment of homeless young adults : Consequences for physical and sexual victimization. / Tyler, Kimberly A; Beal, Morgan R.

In: Violence and Victims, Vol. 25, No. 1, 01.01.2010, p. 101-115.

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