Project Description

An Examination of Homeless Youths’ Longitudinal Aftercare Experiences
Part 3: Pregnancy

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Begun
Expected Project Timeline: 2018-2021
Funder: Connaught New Researcher Award 

This study explores the attitudes and needs of young women, who are under the age of 26 and experiencing homelessness, regarding pregnancy and family planning, as well as their experiences in seeking reproductive and sexual health information and services. Additionally, the study explores the perspectives regarding the challenges faced by providers working with this population, and their potential needs for training, best practices, and policy shifts that could increase the effectiveness and cultural humility of their efforts. 

Therefore, this study will contribute to the expanding knowledge base regarding the reproductive and sexual health attitudes, experiences, and needs of young women experiencing homelessness, while also informing the development and testing of prevention and intervention efforts tailored to meet the specific needs and often complex social contexts of this highly vulnerable population in Canada. 


Project Status Notes
Research team has been hired and trained; REB approval obtained; recruitment and data collection will hopefully begin sometime in 2021 or when safe to re-enter youth shelter environments in compliance with Toronto Public Health guidelines regarding the on-going pandemic of COVID-19.