Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Stephen W. Baron
The term street youth usually refers to youths who have runaway or been expelled from their homes and/or who spend some or all of their time in public locations. Most of these youths are unemployed, often lack a permanent residence, and spend significant amounts of time without shelter. Their lives are characterized by poverty, hunger, and other conditions of extreme deprivation. Alienated from conventional society, and lacking legal resources for survival, this group is often seen as a population “at risk” for criminal behavior. Streets youths tend to come from families with a number of different problems that contribute to their taking to the street. Street youths are often drawn from socioeconomically poor families that have been fractured by divorce. They are more likely than conventional youths to be brought up in homes that lack parental supervision and monitoring, and often come from families where there is minimal emotional warmth ...