Report: Adolescent Well-Being after Experiencing Family Homelessness

Agencies & Departments : 
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

This brief (PDF, 9 pages) uses data collected for the Family Options Study of families in emergency shelters to examine the well-being of adolescents who stayed in the shelters 20 months following their experience. Adolescents who were recently homeless were found to have changed schools or missed school more frequently, which was associated with lower grades and motivation, and were shown to have more behavior problems than their peers nationally. Learn more (PDF, 9 pages).