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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 2/2015

01-02-2015 | Original Paper

Parental Loss and Residential Instability: The Impact on Young Women from Low-Income Households in Detroit

Auteurs: Leslie R. Berman, Rachel C. Snow, Jessica D. Moorman, Deena Policicchio, Arline T. Geronimus, Mark B. Padilla

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 2/2015

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Abstract

High poverty urban areas in the U.S. are over-burdened by early adult death and disability, yet there has been little documentation of how early parental death impacts youth residing in these communities. We conducted qualitative, community-based research on the health and well-being of 20 residentially unstable young women ages 18–24 in Detroit during 2011–2012. Participants were selected through their association with a local social service organization. We found that nine of these 20 young women had experienced the loss of a parent or primary caretaker during childhood or adolescence. Using data from in-depth, semi-structured interviews, this paper explores the role of parental loss as a precipitating event for residential instability and episodic homelessness. For these young women, parental loss was a catalyst for subsequent periods of intermittent homelessness and persistent mobility between the households of extended family and friends. These narratives provide unique testimony to the impact of early parental loss on young women from low-income households in an economically-stressed urban context in the U.S. Their stories highlight the dynamic associations between periods of housing insecurity and vulnerability to numerous social risks, including sexual commerce, acute stress, and alienation from social support networks. In this context, parental loss reflects a broader social inequality of early adult mortality in high poverty areas, and the health and social gains to be realized through targeted policies to support areas of urban economic crisis.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Parental Loss and Residential Instability: The Impact on Young Women from Low-Income Households in Detroit
Auteurs
Leslie R. Berman
Rachel C. Snow
Jessica D. Moorman
Deena Policicchio
Arline T. Geronimus
Mark B. Padilla
Publicatiedatum
01-02-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 2/2015
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-013-9852-9

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