C. Martijn and L. Sharpe
Social Science and Medicine, vol.62, 2006, p.1-12
Study explored the life experiences of a group of young people in Australia to identify pathways leading to homelessness. Four factors leading to homelessness were identified: drug and alcohol abuse, psychopathology, early childhood trauma (including sexual and physical abuse), and family problems. Homeless youth were shown to have experienced a number of difficulties in combination, rather than one problem increasing in severity over time. Once homeless, the young people tended to develop additional psychological and/or drug problems and a sizeable proportion turned to crime to support their basic needs or their drug habit.