Enhancing Empowerment and Leadership Among Homeless Youth in Agency and Community Settings: A Grounded Theory Approach

Kristin M. Ferguson, Min Ah Kim, Stacy McCoy

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study with homeless youth (ages 18-24) was to understand their involvement in decision-making within agency and community settings. Three focus groups with eight, six and six homeless youth were conducted at an urban drop-in center and shelter from June to August 2008. Emergent themes include youth voice and ownership in agency and community programming, emotional safety, power and reciprocal support. Grounded theory is used to interpret findings and develop working hypotheses to guide future studies on empowering homeless youth to assume greater leadership involvement in their own lives, in social service agencies and in their surrounding communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Empowerment
  • Grounded theory
  • Homeless youth
  • Leadership
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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