Personal strengths of homeless adolescents living in a high-risk environment

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. Apr-Jun 2003;26(2):90-101. doi: 10.1097/00012272-200304000-00002.


Health-risk behaviors and associated adverse health outcomes in homeless adolescents are well documented. Strengths of these youth that contribute to their health and well-being are seldom acknowledged. The purpose of this secondary analysis of qualitative data was to identify strengths that protect homeless youth. Two types of strengths emerged: resources and self-improvement. Resources served as the foundation for survival whereas self-improvement served as a process that enabled youth to consider a more healthy future. By recognizing the many strengths of homeless youth, nurses may develop community-based programs to help this population reenter society.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Friends
  • Health Behavior
  • Homeless Youth / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Peer Group
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Risk-Taking
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology*
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Social Environment
  • Texas
  • Vulnerable Populations / psychology*