General Article Making it matter: improving the health of young homeless people

Topic Selected: Homelessness
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Executive summary

These are some of the key findings of our research, which was carried out between May and October 2011 and in which more than 380 young people (16–25) participated. A health questionnaire was completed by about 130 young people from Depaul UK services, and by a control group of 200 young people from around the UK. Four focus groups and 26 individual interviews with young people also took place. A group of young homeless people were trained in research skills and carried out research with their peers.

Ethnographic films were made with four young people from Depaul UK services. More than 25 Depaul UK staff members took part in interviews and in regional focus groups. In addition, a steering group of experts guided the research and met to discuss its findings and recommendations.


The web of disadvantage

  • 80% of young homeless people are registered with a GP compared to 92% of the control group (a GP appointment costs £36. A Nurse appointment costs £21).
  • 48% o...

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