Unaccompanied Unstable Housing Among Racially, Ethnically, Sexually, and Gender Diverse Youth: Intersecting Identities Bearing the Greatest Burden

Laura M. Houghtaling, Kay Simon, Amy L. Gower, Amy McCurdy, G. Nic Rider, Stephen T. Russell, Marla E. Eisenberg

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Abstract

Disparities in youth homelessness by racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender identities are well documented, though this literature lacks specificity regarding intersectional social identities of youth who are most likely to experience homelessness. Population-based cross-sectional data on youth from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (N=80,456) were used to examine the relationship between parent caring and intersections of minoritized identities that experience the highest prevalence of two distinct types of unaccompanied unstable housing with expanded categories of sexual and gender identities. Exhaustive chi-square automatic interaction detection models revealed that low parent caring was the most common predictor of unaccompanied homelessness and running away, but there was important variation among youth of color at the intersection of sexual and gender identities. The findings reveal a more complex story of disparities in unaccompanied unstable housing among youth with multiple marginalized social identities and highlight the need to create culturally informed prevention and intervention strategies for parents of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth of color. The implications for prevention and intervention among subgroups with the highest prevalence are discussed in the context of interlocking systems of power and oppression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-321
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume94
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 2024

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Keywords

  • adolescents
  • and questioning
  • bisexual
  • gay
  • homelessness
  • intersectionality
  • lesbian
  • queer
  • transgender
  • unstable housing

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