A grounded theory study of substance use patterns among homeless youth

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dc.contributor.advisor Carolyn A . Phillips , RN , PhD en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Lynn Rew , EdD , RN , AHN -BC , FAAN en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Judith C . Drew , PhD , RN en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Jason E . Glenn , PhD en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Elnora P . ( \"Nonie \" ) Mendias , RN , PhD en_US
dc.creator Philisie Starling Washington en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011 -12 -20T16 :04 :51Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :05 :17Z
dc.date.available 2010 -09 -28 en_US
dc.date.available 2011 -12 -20T16 :04 :51Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :05 :17Z
dc.date.created 2009 -07 -09 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009 -07 -13 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd -07092009 -164402 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .3 /145
dc.description.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 en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author . Presentation of this material on the TDL web site by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works . en_US
dc.subject substance use patterns en_US
dc.subject substance use en_US
dc.subject homeless youth en_US
dc.subject homeless en_US
dc.subject grounded theory en_US
dc.subject drug addiction en_US
dc.subject drug abuse en_US
dc.title A grounded theory study of substance use patterns among homeless youth en_US
dc.type.genre dissertation en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
thesis.degree.name PhD en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas Medical Branch en_US
thesis.degree.department Nursing en_US


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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