Adolescent connectedness with parents promotes resilience among homeless youth

Kristen Kessler, Debanjana Chatterjee, Rebecca Shlafer, Andrew Barnes

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Youth who experience homelessness have worse health and well-being than housed youth. Internal assets, including social competency and positive self-identity, are factors that promote healthy development. This study compared internal assets between homeless and housed youth, and examined whether connectedness with parents moderates the association between homelessness and internal assets. Using data from a large population-based survey of middle-and high-school aged youth, we found that homelessness was associated with lower levels of internal assets. However, having high connectedness with a parent significantly predicted the strength of these assets, suggesting opportunities to promote health equity among homeless youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number96
Pages (from-to)96
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: This research was funded in part by the Health Research and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB), grant number T73MC12835 to A.J.B and by the National Research Service Award (NRSA) in Primary Medical Care, grant number T32HP22239 (PI Borowsky) to D.C.

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© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Adolescents
  • Homeless
  • Internal assets
  • Parents
  • Resilience

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  • Journal Article


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