Different Mental Health Outcomes for Runaway versus Other Homeless Youth

Researchers examined data from nearly 69,000 students taking the Minnesota Student Survey in 2016 in order to explore the extent to which mental health outcomes vary among unstably housed youth, youth who run away, and unaccompanied homeless youth. Published in March 2020 in Pediatrics, findings indicated that youth who run away are at increased risk for poor mental health compared to other young people experiencing homelessness and housing instability. The study reinforces the idea that subgroups of homeless youth have distinct needs and may benefit from more targeted interventions.

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