Homelessness In The Homeless Youth

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Homelessness has always been an issue in America, especially concerning the youth. According to the U.S. Department for Housing and Development in the 2014 Point-in-Time Report, 34% of the total homeless population is under 24. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community in particular are at risk of homelessness because they are so often rejected by their families, schools and communities. Those who identify as such make up 40% of the population of homeless youth. Most leave their homes, after years of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, strained family relationships, the addiction of family members and family economic problems. Youth can also become homeless when they are discharged from foster care or other …show more content…
Van Leeuwen, Director of Development and Public Affairs has found that of the sample studied 86% reported making more than one suicide attempt. There is a substantially higher risk of victimization in LGBTQ homeless youth when compared to non LGBTQ homeless youth. Leeuwen and his colleagues (2004) found that gay males in particular were more likely to have more depressive periods, and lesbian youth were more likely to have post-traumatic stress syndrome, conduct disorder, and alcohol and substance abuse – both compared to non-gay males and non-lesbian …show more content…
Therefore, the young LGBTQ people are thought to believe the same things and function the same as the rest of society and should not have a problem in their homes or communities. This theory also states that the society is based off of equality. All people are believed to be treated the same despite their sexual orientation or identity; despite the research that has been concluded. Frequently it is thought to be a choice to be as such and to leave a home is also a choice, so in order for the majority to run smoothly isolating the LGBTQ youth is the best way to make the machine move. A social conflict theorist in contrast views society with the elite at the top and the masses at the bottom this theorist also links characteristics such as race, sex, class, and age to social inequality. Regarding the social conflict of LGBTQ homeless young people, a social conflict theorist would most likely say that since being a part of the LGBTQ community the people are more prone to scrutiny, and many but not all of the people living society view it as taboo. They would be most likely linked to the masses, and their sexual orientation or identify an inequality

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