Homelessness can have a devastating effect on children. Homeless children are hungry and sick more often, and worry about their family’s situation and future. Even though it’s extremely hard to estimate the amount of homeless children, about 1.4 million students students in the U.S were homeless at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. As expected, homeless children and youth are difficult to count because their living situations frequently change. Some have tried to estimate the extent of the homeless problem in the United States using many methods but they all have their limitations.
• Children living in foster homes or orphanages, these children have a fear of never being adopted, because if they were not chosen in past is going to be more difficult to be adopted in the future; do not forget that when the shelters do not have space for another child what they do is get rid of an older child for a younger. • Parents who do not care for their children because they are not interested in their care and needs, which can cause a psychological or emotional disorder, because they grew up without parental affection and think that this is acceptable, then they do not show feelings to others, they are cold and may even come to have low self-esteem. We must realize that this becomes a cycle, because the child did not receive affection growing up, he will do the same with their
Child neglect is when someone is not attending to the needs of a child. When a child is being ignored or mistreated it is likely for them to feel stress, or have aggressive attitudes. Some parents do not realize that their child will mock things they do. Whether it is seeing them do drugs, drink, experiencing illicit sex, or gambling more than likely the parents are disorganized and set bad examples for their children ( 136 ; ch.5). Child neglect is one of the biggest cause of death of young children followed by physical abuse.
Homeless children face many obstacles that impact their well-being. 2005 reports showed children in poverty have: poorer physical health and development, mental health. Child who don’t have a fixed residency at night time, might get placed where they share housing with others. This type of housing environment is referred as “doubling up.” This living style is included by ED and other federal agencies, but not supported by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Individuals with mental illnesses have the potential of becoming homeless due to their parents or loved ones being unable or unwilling to care to them and in result, abandoning them (Chamberton Johnson 2013). Another factor leading to their homelessness could be caused by their parents, guardians, or care giver’s death. If the individual suffers from a mental illness, the likelihood of them becoming self-sufficient is very
Children who live in shelters may be at a higher risk of developing mental health issues as a result of environmental factors like poverty, unstable home life caused by abusive methods of discipline, and improper care from those around them. The effects of poverty have a very significant impact on a child's overall well-being, academics, and behavior. Children and adolescents suffer the highest rates of poverty out of any age group in modern day America. Children that have been raised in poverty-stricken environments are at a higher risk for behavior problems because they are more likely to be living in neighborhoods where there are very limited positive role models for them to look up to. This can cause issues in their later years of adulthood.
The emotion of shame is still felt by teens like, “Contacts with law-enforcement combined with the turbulent family histories can foster feelings of shame and humiliation among the homeless youth” (Hagan 2). Homeless teens also feel even more alone because they feel afraid and worried about getting in trouble for “trespassing.” Without any guidelines of how teens should get help, they continue to live on the streets. Although many are still homeless, laws and acts have been put into place to help more of the homeless teen population.
One of the reasons that could have pushed these young women to flee their houses, is their families being unaccepting of their pregnancy. They might have felt hated, unwanted, or discriminated against because they are bearing a child at such an age. Predicaments like these add to the growing number of homelessness in youth. Those young mothers will struggle to find a life off the streets, and a job. They will struggle to provide for their children, and afford housing.
Many families living in a state of depression, because of their children, and what people talk about them. View compassion and sadness on children’s non-natural difficult for them more than their condition (Patrick). Moreover, families felt guilty because they gave birth to a child with defects, and they cannot save them. Furthermore, their genetic diseases children will also develop other illnesses such as: Autism, schizophrenia, and depression. Schizophrenia, often it falls under genetic disease, but there are also environmental factors than can cause this disease, it has been found that life factors possible increase in the infection rate for schizophrenia personality, and autism disease (Progress in Neurobiology, 2011).
But there are psychologically as well as legally broken homes. Mavis Hetherington reports that in the year following the break up, children in broken families are more likely to suffer psychological distress, but in the long run they can cope more successfully than children in intact families where parents do not get along. Numerous studies confirm that most children are adversely affected by the divorce of their parents and the struggle of the custodial parent to provide for the well-being of the children in the absence of the other parent. Quite often the important element is not that the home is broken, but the process of disorganization and disintegration that preceded it. In a broad sense, family disorganization means a breakdown of unity, loyalty, consensus, and the normal functioning of the family unit; but, in a more restricted sense, a broken home is one in which the marriage relation has been severed or the children are separated from their parents and this has a great impact on the child’s
Factors such as lack of health insurance, poor living conditions, being under-educated, stress and the lack of social support can put the infants at risk for mortality. Many African Americans, especially those who are poor and those working without health care benefits, are less likely than white Americans to have a usual source of health care (Copeland, 2005). An environment a person lives in is related to health problems too. Families living in urban areas are confronted with the constant challenges of population density, inadequate or unaffordable housing, overcrowding, limited access to resources, and high crime rates (Copeland, 2005). African American families are at risk for SIDS due to the environment that the baby is discharged.
In the article, the authors argue “these children are at greater risk for emotional and behavioral problems than other children, and that their household income and stability is often adversely affected by parental incarceration” (Beck & Jones, 2008, p. 128). Undoubtedly, children are greatly affected by a parent being put to death by the state and their community supporting that execution. Intense media attention during the execution date increases pain and anxiety. Following this further, the authors make the argument “Children of incarcerated parents are five times more likely to be incarcerated than children whose parent was not incarcerated” (Beck & Jones, 2008, p. 192-193).
Homelessness in youth often results in mental health problems and an overall decreased health state due to harmful living conditions and extreme disadvantages forming a high-risk group with regard to health inequalities across Europe (Jean R. Hughes, 2010). In that context the increased numbers of European youth living in homelessness remains a problematic cause of international public concern and interest. In addition, the problems these youths have to face on an everyday basis are often associated with an enhanced drug use representing the serious health consequences due to a life in homelessness. The aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of homelessness on the mental health state and on drug abuse of youths in Europe.
As discussed in the lecture titled Poverty and Homelessness, common health problems in the homeless population included high prevalence of mental illnesses and substance abuse, higher rates of STI, increased morbidity to cancer, diabetes, HIV infections, and cardiovascular diseases. Other health concerns include lower birth weighting infants and higher preterm births in the homeless mothers’ and children population. Nurse Georgia and the task force should be aware that roughly 40% of homeless people constitute families with children. Homeless children are more likely to be born premature or low birth weight, they are likely to be behind on immunizations, likely to suffer from upper respiratory tract infections and ear infections, they are
Homelessness has many negative effects on children. As a result, children experience emotional, social, developmental and behavioral issues(EOCCPT). The trauma these children experience leads to stress, which affects brain development in individuals. This can cause sleeplessness, as well as, irritability in the children. Furthermore, many homeless children experience both internal and external behaviors such as depression, anxiety, aggression, and delinquent behaviors(EOCCPT).