Project Description

PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

An Examination of Homeless Youths’ Longitudinal Aftercare Experiences


Principal Investigator: Stephanie Begun
Co-Investigators: Barbara Fallon, Bryn King, Kaitlin Schwan, Naomi Thulien, Naomi Nichols, Sead Kidd, Stephen Gaetz,
Collaborators: Amanda Noble, David French, Carolyn O’Connor
Research Assistant(s):

Expected Project Timeline: 2019-2024
Funder: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant

Despite the documented prevalence of youth homelessness across Canada, most knowledge of challenges experienced by this population is generated through cross-sectional studies of youths’ current or “real-time” life experiences. Relatively little is known about the longer-term outcomes of young people who have experienced homelessness, particularly after they move out of transitional housing. This study seeks to understand, among a larger sample and for a greater longitudinal timeframe than in prior research efforts in Canada, youths’ (ages 18-26) life experiences and outcomes for 18 months after moving out of care provided through transitional housing programs. This research also aims to establish insights regarding technology-enabled research methodologies that may demonstrate promise in engaging and retaining this notoriously difficult-to-track population in longitudinal research. Exploring such lines of inquiry will facilitate the broader objectives of this work, which are to: 1) generate knowledge; 2) develop collaborations and expansively mobilize knowledge across domains of academic research, community-based service provision, and policy systems; and 3) mentor Advancing reproductive justice scholars, innovators, and decision-makers who are committed to improving homeless and formerly homeless youths’ lives and outcomes. This in-depth, technology-enabled, mixed-methods longitudinal study has the potential to drive innovations that inform prevention-focused service delivery, evidence-based intervention development, and more strategic policy formation, while also adding important missing “pieces of the puzzle” to the generally scarce extant academic literature base.

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Project Status Notes: Research team has been hired and trained; data collection and REB submission are currently being finalized; recruitment and data collection will hopefully begin Fall/Winter 2020 or when safe to re-enter youth shelter environments with regard to COVID-19