A Relationship-Based Intervention to Improve Social Connectedness in Street-Involved Youth: A Pilot Study
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2011
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Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 24, Issue 4, pages 208–215, November 2011
How to Cite
McCay, E., Quesnel, S., Langley, J., Beanlands, H., Cooper, L., Blidner, R., Aiello, A., Mudachi, N., Howes, C. and Bach, K. (2011), A Relationship-Based Intervention to Improve Social Connectedness in Street-Involved Youth: A Pilot Study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 24: 208–215. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2011.00301.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2011
- mental health symptoms;
- social connectedness;
- street-involved youth;
- mental health intervention;
- street youth;
- homeless youth
PROBLEM: Street-involved youth experience a range of mental health problems with elevated rates of psychiatric disorders compared with non-homeless youth. The overall objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the impact of a relationship-based intervention for homeless youth receiving services from agencies in downtown Toronto.
METHODS: The final sample included 15 homeless youth who met the study inclusion criteria. The intervention and comparison groups were compared at baseline and post-treatment on measures of mental health symptoms, hopelessness, self-esteem, resilience, and social connectedness.
FINDINGS: Participants receiving the intervention demonstrated a significant improvement in social connectedness, with a trend toward decreased hopelessness. Those participants who did not receive the intervention did not demonstrate any improvements in social connectedness and hopelessness.
CONCLUSION: This preliminary pilot study suggests that providing a relationship-based intervention to street-involved youth may offer promise to strengthen social relationships and to mitigate overwhelming hopelessness and despair.