➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway
US: Alcohol Use Among Homeless Youth Due to Victimization Varies by Gender and Type of Abuse
Newswise – June 21, 2017
“Nearly 36,000 unaccompanied youths under the age of 25 are homeless on any given night in the U.S.,” said Joan S. Tucker, senior behavioral scientist and professor at the RAND Corporation. “Many of these youths have histories of child abuse, and many will be victimized while on the street. It is important to understand the health implications of these victimization experiences, including their impact on alcohol and drug use, in order to help these youth reach their full potential in leading healthy and productive lives.” Sadly, she added, this population is both vulnerable and understudied.