Child Abuse, Street Victimization, and Substance Use Among Homeless Young Adults

Kimberly A. Tyler, Lisa A. Melander

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Although previous research documents high rates of child abuse, street victimization, and substance use among homeless youth, few studies have investigated these three constructs simultaneously, and thus little is known about how various forms of victimization are uniquely associated with substance use among this population. The purpose of this article is to examine the relationship among child sexual and physical abuse, street victimization, and partner violence with substance use among 172 homeless young adults. Path analysis results revealed that males and those who reported parental drug problems were significantly more likely to have higher rates of substance use. Those who suffered more childhood physical and sexual abuse and those who experienced more types of relationship violence were more likely to report greater frequency of substance use. The intersection of various forms of victimization with substance use may have important implications for service providers working with this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-519
Number of pages18
JournalYouth and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 5 2015


  • child abuse
  • homeless young adults
  • substance use
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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