Social control correlates of arrest behavior among homeless youth in five U.S. cities

Kristin Ferguson-Colvin, Kimberly Bender, Sanna J. Thompson, Elaine M. Maccio, Bin Xie, David Pollio

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Abstract

This study identified homelessness, substance use, employment, and mental health correlates of homeless youths' arrest activity in 5 cities. Two hundred thirty-eight street youth from Los Angeles, Austin, Denver, New Orleans, and St. Louis were recruited using comparable sampling strategies. Ordinary least squares (OLS) regression results reveal that being arrested for criminal activity is associated with length of homelessness, history of juvenile detention and incarceration, receiving income from theft, substance abuse, and mental illness. Arrests are also associated with interactions between lack of formal employment income and receiving income from theft and between drug and alcohol abuse/ dependency. Understanding the health and situational factors associated with homeless youths' delinquent activity has implications for providing more comprehensive health, mental health, and substance abuse services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-668
Number of pages21
JournalViolence and Victims
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Homeless Persons
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Least-Squares Analysis
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Keywords

  • Crime
  • Employment
  • Homeless youth
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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Social control correlates of arrest behavior among homeless youth in five U.S. cities. / Ferguson-Colvin, Kristin; Bender, Kimberly; Thompson, Sanna J.; Maccio, Elaine M.; Xie, Bin; Pollio, David.

In: Violence and Victims, Vol. 26, No. 5, 2011, p. 648-668.

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Ferguson-Colvin, Kristin ; Bender, Kimberly ; Thompson, Sanna J. ; Maccio, Elaine M. ; Xie, Bin ; Pollio, David. / Social control correlates of arrest behavior among homeless youth in five U.S. cities. In: Violence and Victims. 2011 ; Vol. 26, No. 5. pp. 648-668.
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