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Title: Pathways to independence : the experience of young homeless people
Author: Fitzpatrick, Suzanne
ISNI:       0000 0000 4304 5613
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1997
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Youth homelessness surged in the late 1980s and has been sustained at very high levels in the 1990s. It is a distressing phenomenon which has attracted considerable, if intermittent, attention from politicians, researchers and the media in the past few years. Their concerns have focused mainly on young people sleeping rough in city centre streets and staying in homeless hostels. However, within the research community at least there has been growing recognition of 'hidden' homelessness amongst young people living in local communities. It was these broader patterns of youth homelessness which I set out to investigate in this research. The central aim of my study was to illuminate the processes of youth homelessness by exploring the experiences of young people from a peripheral housing scheme in Glasgow called Drumchapel. I investigated the existence of distinct subgroups within the young homeless population by focusing upon the range of 'pathways' they took through homelessness. A 'life course' approach was taken in the thesis, in other words, young people's experiences of homelessness were placed in the context of their lives as a whole. There were three phases of empirical research. The initial stage involved 8 group discussions with young people in Drumchapel. The main stage of data collection consisted of 25 biographical interviews with young homeless people who were living in, or originated from, Drumchapel. The final phase of fieldwork was a follow-up exercise to 'track' these 25 young people one year later. Altogether, 53 young people participated in the research. A framework of six pathways through homelessness was developed based on three variables: the location, stability and status (as 'official' or 'unofficial') of young people's accommodation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare ; HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform