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Understanding the Impact of Homelessness on Children: Challenges and Future Research Directions
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Focusing on the central aim of many published studies involving homeless children in the United States, this article summarizes findings on the effects of homelessness on children's mental health, health, developmental status, and academic achievement. Researchers have repeatedly documented that poverty is associated with higher rates of problems among both homeless and low-income housed groups of children in comparison to children in the broader population. Although the majority of studies have found homeless children to evidence greater problems than low-income housed children, results are inconsistent. Factors that may account for these discrepant
findings are discussed, and recommendations for additional research are offered. (Author)
Journal
2008
51
6
721-736