A grounded theory study of substance use patterns among homeless youth

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Title: A grounded theory study of substance use patterns among homeless youth
Author: Philisie Starling Washington
Abstract: A Grounded Theory Study of Substance Use Patterns among Homeless Youth \r \n \r \nPublication No . _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ \r \nPhilisie Starling Washington , PhD \r \nThe University of Texas Medical Branch , 2009 \r \n \r \nSupervisor : Carolyn Phillips , PhD \r \n \r \nThere are an estimated 1 .6 to 2 .8 million homeless youth living on the streets of the U .S . each day . Regardless of their reasons for leaving home , youth on the streets are confronted with physical , mental and substance use problems . There are a limited number of studies on homeless youth . Few , if any have specifically explored the subjective viewpoints of homeless youth about substance use patterns including entering and exiting the world of substance use . The grounded theory methodology used in this dissertation guided the researcher to 1 ) identify previous experiences influencing homeless youth in their decision to use or not to use substances ; 2 ) examine life situations of homeless youth through narratives and 3 ) discover a theory which explains the basic social process of substance use in homeless youth . Study participants were thirteen homeless youth ages 18 and 21 years old living in a shelter of a large metropolitan area in the southwest United States . The findings revealed the core category , Using , which consisted of three phases and five categories that described the experiences of homeless youth and substance use and ultimately , The Washington Theory of Substance Use among Homeless Youth The results of this dissertation will provide a foundation for further studies of substance use in homeless youth and contribute to the knowledge base of nursing , social science and medicine for prevention and treatment of substance use in homeless youth . \r \n
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .3 /145
Date: 2009-07-13


A grounded theory study of substance use patterns among homeless youth. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas Medical Branch. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .3 /145 .

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