What constitutes risk of future maltreatment among young mothers? An examination of child protection investigations in Ontario, Canada. Families in Society, 100(4), 409–421. King, B., Fallon, B., Goulden, A., O’Connor, C., & Filippelli, J. (2019).

RESOURSE King, B., Fallon, B., Goulden, A., O’Connor, C., & Filippelli, J. (2019). What constitutes risk of future maltreatment among young mothers? An examination of child protection investigations in Ontario, Canada. Families in Society, 100(4), 409–421.     Purpose  Research indicates that young mothers face multiple long-term physical, emotional, social and psychological challenges, consequently increasing their child(ren)’s risk of being investigated for maltreatment by child welfare services (CWS). Studies have found that young mothers are more likely to have increased risk conditions and behaviours, a history of being personally involved with the child welfare system, and are at greater risk of being [...]

Early childbirth among foster youth: A latent class analysis to determine subgroups at increased risk. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 51(4). King, B., Eastman, A. L., Grinnell‐Davis, C., & Aparicio, E. (2019).

RESOURSE King, B., Eastman, A. L., Grinnell‐Davis, C., & Aparicio, E. (2019). Early childbirth among foster youth: A latent class analysis to determine subgroups at increased risk. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 51(4).    Purpose  Though the overall adolescent birth rate has declined in the United States, maltreated youth involved with the child welfare system, whether from home or in foster care during their mid-to-late adolescence, continue to be at a higher risk for early childbirth. For youth in care, studies have shown that the increased risk could be due to shorter placements, placement instability, type of placement [...]

Early childbirth among foster youth: A latent class analysis to determine subgroups at increased risk. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. King, B., Eastman, A. L., Grinnell‐Davis, C., & Aparicio, E. (2019).

RESOURSE King, B., Eastman, A. L., Grinnell‐Davis, C., & Aparicio, E. (2019). Early childbirth among foster youth: A latent class analysis to determine subgroups at increased risk. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 51(4).   Purpose  Though the overall adolescent birth rate has declined in the United States, maltreated youth involved with the child welfare system, whether from home or in foster care during their mid-to-late adolescence, continue to be at a higher risk for early childbirth. For youth in care, studies have shown that the increased risk could be due to shorter placements, placement instability, type of placement [...]

“This research is cool”: Engaging youth experiencing homelessness in research on reproductive and sexual health. Begun, S.., Weber, A., Spring, J., Arora, S., Frey, C., & Fortin, A.

RESOURSE Begun, S.., Weber, A., Spring, J., Arora, S., Frey, C., & Fortin, A. (2020). “This research is cool”: Engaging youth experiencing homelessness in research on reproductive and sexual health. Social Work in Public Health, 35(5), 271-281. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2020.1791296  Purpose  The goal of this research was to challenge narratives that depict homeless youth as difficult to engage in programs and initiatives. There is also a lack of research examining the reproductive and sexual health of homeless youth and understanding their perspectives of their involvement in research.   Theory  The homeless population has often been excluded from several services due to the commonly held belief that they are difficult to engage.   Studies have [...]

Social support and pregnancy attitudes among youth experiencing homelessness. Begun, S., Barman-Adhikari, A., O’Connor, C., & Rice, E. (2020)

RESOURSE Begun, S., Barman-Adhikari, A., O’Connor, C., & Rice, E. (2020). Social support and pregnancy attitudes among youth experiencing homelessness. Children & Youth Services Review, 113. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104959  Purpose  Youth experiencing homelessness demonstrate high rates of pregnancy and pregnancy involvement. Some homeless youth such as homeless women view pregnancy positively; research has depicted this group’s pro-pregnancy attitudes as a function of youth being in desperate need of resources, such as money, food, clothing, housing, and healthcare. However, knowledge of the association between youths’ receipt of specific sources and types of social support and their pregnancy attitudes is limited. The study’s core focus was to examine whether specific forms of social [...]

‘It is Medicine’: Narratives of Healing from the Aotearoa Digital Storytelling as Indigenous Media Project. Beltrán, R., & Begun, S. (2014).

RESOURSE Beltrán, R., & Begun, S. (2014). ‘It is Medicine’: Narratives of Healing from the Aotearoa Digital Storytelling as Indigenous Media Project (ADSIMP). Psychology and Developing Societies, 26(2), 155–179. https://doi.org/10.1177/0971333614549137  Purpose  Using an Indigenous methodological approach to research, this article explores lived experience narratives from Māori university students, faculty and staff who participated in a community-based digital storytelling (DS) workshop in Aotearoa. Digital storytelling is known to positively transform the experiences of historically ongoing traumas in Indigenous communities. A primary goal of this article is raise awareness to the use of narrative and digital storytelling as a healing, protective tool to reduce the negative impact that historical trauma (HT) has on [...]

“I know they would kill me”: Abortion attitudes and experiences among youth experiencing homelessness. Begun, S., Combs, K. M., Schwan, K., Torrie, M., & Bender, K.

RESOURSE Begun, S., Combs, K. M., Schwan, K., Torrie, M., & Bender, K. (in press). “I know they would kill me”: Abortion attitudes and experiences among youth experiencing homelessness. Youth & Society, 52(8), 1457-1478. doi: 10.1177/0044118X18820661  A significant amount of studies show that the most difficult challenge associated with youth homelessness is making decisions surrounding pregnancy. Compared to youth who are housed, pregnancy rates within the homeless youth population is 4-8 times higher. Although, a significant amount of research has been conducted on the experiences of pregnancy among this group, a gap continues to exist in the research on abortion related experiences of homeless youth. A phenomenological study was conducted to investigate decision-making processes, abortion attitudes and day-to-day experiences of homeless youth in the United States with a focus on how [...]

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