To describe the characteristics of homeless and low-income preschool-aged children, and to identify family and environmental determinants of their behavior.
An unmatched case-control design was used to recruit a sample of sheltered homeless families and a comparison group of low-income housed families who were never homeless in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Seventy-seven sheltered homeless and 90 low-income housed mothers with preschool-age children were assessed using a comprehensive interview protocol.
Information about mothers'housing, income, service use, parenting practices, and children's father was obtained.
Data about children's background, health, and life events were included.
Standardized instruments were administered to assess mothers'mental health and their children's behavior.
Comparisons of homeless and low-income housed families were used to describe the sample of 167 preschoolers.
Multiple linear regression was used to examine the association of various stressors, such as homelessness, and family factors with their behavior.
Although homeless preschoolers were significantly more likely to have experienced stressful life events, undergone a care and protection investigation, and been placed in foster care when compared with low income preschoolers, differences in adverse behaviors were minimal. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Age préscolaire, Sans domicile fixe, Habitation loyer modéré, Déterminant, Comportement, Enquête sur terrain, Enfant, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Preschool age, Homeless, Low income housing, Determinant, Behavior, Field inquiry, Child, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0391978
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.