Voigt wrote her novel to share the story of four young children who faced an exuberant amount of challenges after being left homeless. Voigt wants readers to know that this is still an existing issue in many societies today. Homelessness can impede on physical, emotional, and academic development in young homeless children, similarly to the problems the Tillerman children experience throughout the novel. This has been a reoccurring issue around the United States because of certain events in the government and economy. Many homeless children become mentally ill due to the constant stress and trauma being faced.
Additionally, there is a multitude of factors that have been known to contribute to homelessness. These factors include, but are not limited to, lack of affordable housing, economic insecurity, behavioral health, etc. Research has found that the main contributing factors for children living in homeless families are the lack of affordable housing, poverty, and domestic violence (Aratani, 2009). Similarly, mental illness, substance abuse, and lack of affordable housing are the top contributing factors of homelessness among unaccompanied youth (Aratani, 2009). In addition to analyzing the factors that can cause homelessness, the article explores the impact that homelessness can have on youth.
Homelessness is one of the major problems faced by the United States, and is believed to have become a serious problem since the 1980s during Ronald Reagan’s presidency (1981-1989). This time period was characterized by a lot of budget reductions which led to the poor becoming poorer. Consequently, many among the poor population became homeless. Simultaneously, many mental-health hospitals were deinstitutionalized, which saw many of the released patients joining the homeless population (Abad). As a result, mental illness became one of the detrimental causes of homelessness, especially among the adult population.
Homelessness will always be present. People who are experiencing unfortunate events such as unemployment, illness, substance abuse are among the vast reasons of homelessness. There is a legislation being advanced by the California assembly to protect the homeless people
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. Furthermore,
In the homeless literature, individual explanations of homeless include those characteristics that exist within people and household such as physical and mental health, substance abuse and obsession, domestic violence, single-motherhood, welfare receiving, and educational achievement among others. In particular, the reason of people become homeless is found to be closely related with family problems. It has been found that closely associated with female-headed households, unwed childrearing, and the economic hardships of six single-mothers (Weitzman, 1989; Bassuk et al 1996). According to Homeless Network (2015), divorce and sudden breakup issue often leaves one of the spouses homeless. Among homeless itself, it can be father but sometimes it is the mother and children or everyone involved based on their different experiences of life that force them to be homeless.
There is a huge impact of separation and divorce on young people, children of divorced parents tend to have triple problems, drug uses and crimes however; drug uses and alcohol are the most common problems, which have a huge danger on teens and children. Divorce does not only affect young children but also in their teens and 20s. A very recent survey shows that, problems with drink and drugs played a huge part in children’s lives, 14% admitted that they started drinking alcohol, or more alcohol than they used to, while 13% considered taking illegal drugs because of their parents separation or divorce (Edmunds, 2014, p.1). During a divorce some children go through a difficult time, which might lead to drugs and alcohol and this is another huge problem, many young people admitted that their parents’ divorce or separation actually made them alcoholic or do drugs including marijuana, inhalants, cocaine, uppers, hallucinogens, crack or sedatives. When children go though a divorce they just want to forget what is happing and run from their reality by doing drugs or drinking alcohol.
Factors and barriers such as intravenous drug use, schizophrenia, history of unemployment, and various mood disorders that are common within the homeless community were looked at. Reasons for being homeless were looked at as well such as being evicted because of the ability not to pay rent, loss of employment, substance abuse, and various mental health issues. When it came to substance abuse, alcohol was the number one choice, followed by crack cocaine and then heroin. The study found that when it came to men and especially alcohol abuse, there had typically been some sort of trauma and /or violence on their
Family homelessness is a growing social problem affecting families in every state. Nationwide, 85% of providers have seen family homelessness increasing in recent years(“The Facts About Family Homelessness”). Homelessness is often looked over, when someone sees a homeless person on the street they only see what they want to see it is unlikely that a person actually thinks about how the person became homeless. Women and children affected by homelessness is usually seen as abstract and would not be as conventional as a homeless man. This injustice to the women and children is unacceptable and using civil disobedience will help diminish the fire of ignorance.
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.
population (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2016). Common mental health disorders that face this population include anxiety disorders, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and alcoholism. Also, Latina and Hispanic adolescent girls have high rates of suicide attempts. Without treatment, these conditions can worsen and become disabling and potentially life threatening. Even though Latino and Hispanic communities have similar susceptibility to mental health illnesses compared to the general population, the community is less likely to seek mental health care.