Homeless youth, strain, and justice system involvement: An application of general strain theory

Susan M. Snyder, Robin Hartinger-Saunders, Timothy Brezina, Elizabeth Beck, Eric R. Wright, Nicholas Forge, Brian E. Bride

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Abstract

Using Agnew's (2006) general strain theory as a guide, we seek to identify some of the key events and experiences that place homeless youth at high risk of justice system involvement. By expanding and elaborating on the particular types of strains and stressors that are relevant to homeless youth, we identify several key (and understudied) strains that may help to account for their high risk of justice system involvement and that may also place them at risk of persistent homelessness. These strains include experiences of polyvictimization, experiences of discrimination and violent victimization that result from an LGBT identity, and a variety of failures and setbacks associated with multiple system involvement. The implications of this work for policy, practice, and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume62
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • General strain theory
  • Homeless youth
  • Justice involvement
  • LGBT
  • Multiple system involvement
  • Polyvictim

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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    Snyder, S. M., Hartinger-Saunders, R., Brezina, T., Beck, E., Wright, E. R., Forge, N., & Bride, B. E. (2016). Homeless youth, strain, and justice system involvement: An application of general strain theory. Children and Youth Services Review, 62, 90-96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.02.002