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Study Reveals No. 1 Cause Of Youth Homelessness

Study Reveals No. 1 Cause Of Youth Homelessness

 
 

Study Reveals No. 1 Cause Of Youth Homelessness

By Andrew M. Seaman

In most cases, poverty is the main reason children and teens worldwide end up homeless or living on the streets, according to a new review of past research.

About 40 percent of youths reported poverty as the main reason they were homeless, according to the report in JAMA Pediatrics. Family conflict and abuse were also among the most commonly reported reasons for living on the streets.

The findings should make policymakers “think hard about what they can do about these issues,” said senior author Paula Braitstein, who is affiliated with the University of Toronto and based in Kenya.

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