Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Kral, M.

Keywords

Psychology, Clinical.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Interviews were conducted with thirty-seven street youths [ages 15--24] at a street outreach agency, and in the downtown area of Toronto. Participants described their experiences with, and understandings of, suicide as is exists for themselves and the street youth subculture. A grounded theory analysis of the narratives revealed themes of isolation, rejection/betrayal, lack of control, and more centrally; low self worth. These themes are examined in light of the emotional pain and suicidal behaviour described by the participants, and the results are compared with previous research on this population. The implications of the present findings for the development of prevention and intervention programmes targeting Street Youth are addressed. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0595. Adviser: Michael J. Kral. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.

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