Living Healthy on the Streets: Exploring Healthy and Unhealthy Street Youth Practices

By:
Dr. Jeff Karabanow,
Alexa Carson,
Mr. Philip Clement
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This study explores the health experiences of 150 Canadian young people living on the streets in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary. Through in-depth interviews, we are exploring the ways by which young people enter street life, their experiences on the streets, and for some, strategies for exiting street life. More specifically, we are interested in uncovering the healthy and not-so-healthy practices of young people living on the street. How do street youth understand health and wellness? How do they perceive their own health status? What is good and bad health? What are their experiences in accessing diverse health services?


Keywords: Street Youth, Homeless Youth, Health and Homelessness, Street Youth Culture
Stream: Political Science, Politics
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Jeff Karabanow

assistant professor, Maritime School of Social Work International Development Studies (cross-appointed) The School of Health and Human Performance (cross-appointed), Dalhousie University
Canada

Dr Jeff Karabanow is assistant professor at the Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University. He is also cross-appointed with International Development Studies and The School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University. Dr Karabanow has worked and researched in the area of street youth culture for the past ten years. He has published widely in academic journals and has recently completed a book entitled "Being Young and Homeless: Understanding how young people enter and exit street life" (2004, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, INC).

Alexa Carson

Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University
Canada

Alexa Carson is a MA Candidate in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. She is currently working on a thesis examining participatory community development and youth work in Venezuela. She has spent the last year as a research coordinator for a national homelessness research project investigating youth strategies for leaving the streets and promising street youth services.

Mr. Philip Clement

Maritime School of Social Work, Dalhousie University
Canada

Philip Clement has a MA Degree from Dalhousie University, Canada. He has spent the last year as a research coordinator for a national homelessness research project investigating youth strategies for leaving the streets and promising street youth services. Philip has worked and volunteered with many community-based research projects over the past ten years.

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