An Inside Look at Homeless Youths’ Social Networks: Perceptions of Substance Use Norms

Lisa A. Melander, Kimberly A. Tyler, Rachel M. Schmitz

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Abstract

Substance use among homeless young people is a pervasive problem, and there have been many efforts to understand more about the dynamics of this health-compromising behavior. The current study examined perceived substance use norms within homeless youths' social networks utilizing in-depth interviews. The sample included 19 homeless individuals ages 16 to 21. Four elements of substance use within networks emerged: substance use choices, drug use safety issues, encouragement and/or discouragement, and appropriate situations in which substance use is condoned. These findings provide unique insight into the norms associated with drug and alcohol use within homeless youths' social networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-88
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

Keywords

  • homeless
  • social networks
  • substance use norms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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