Coping styles associated with victimization profiles among homeless youth

Kimberly Bender, Samantha M. Brown, Stephanie Begun, Anamika Barman-Adhikari, Kristin Ferguson-Colvin

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Abstract

Homeless youth experience elevated rates of victimization, yet few studies have identified malleable intervention targets that could mitigate risk for such adverse experiences. Building on a prior study that used latent class analysis to identify 3 victimization profiles among homeless youth (low-victimization class, high-victimization class, and witness class), we investigate how different coping styles (active, avoidant, and social coping) were associated with each victimization profile among a large purposive sample of homeless youth (N = 601). Results indicate that youth who report employing greater avoidant coping are more likely to have a witness or high-victimization profile, while social coping is associated with having a low-victimization profile. Coping styles may represent malleable factors that offer promising intervention targets for helping homeless youth safely navigate stressful street environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalFamilies in Society
Volume97
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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