This study characterizes subcultural differences within an inner-city street youth population.
Variations in residential status, subsistence patterns, and service utilization according to peer group affiliation were explored.
A brief structured interview was administered to 752 youth, ages 12 to 23 years, who had been living on the streets for two or more consecutive months, or who were fully integrated into the « street economy. » Subjects were recruited for the study using a stratified probability sampling design, with 30% recruited from community-based service sites and 70% from street locations and at natural « hang-outs. » Five street youth groups were identified : « punks/skinheads, » « druggies, » « hustlers, » « gang members, » and « loners. » The results demonstrated unique patterns with respect to places stayed/slept, means of financial support and economic subsistence, and use of available services according to peer group affiliation.
The implications of these findings and recommendations for future research and service provision are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Sans domicile fixe, Relation interpair, Comparaison interindividuelle, Subculture, Utilisation, Service santé, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Interaction sociale, Préadolescent, Homme, Adolescent, Adulte jeune
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Homeless, Peer relation, Interindividual comparison, Subculture, Use, Health service, United States, North America, America, Social interaction, Preadolescent, Human, Adolescent, Young adult
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0016876
Code Inist : 002A26J04. Création : 17/04/1998.