Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment ISSN: 2324-8947

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Traumatic Stress among Homeless Young Adults: Challenges and Treatment Issues

Traumatic Stress among Homeless Young Adults: Challenges and Treatment Issues

Homeless emerging adults are one of this nation’s most underserved populations and are particularly vulnerable to the detrimental effects of trauma exposure, including developing PTSD. These young people typically reside in unstable and often abusive situations marked by violence and danger. They survive on the street through engaging in high risk behaviors, such as dumpsterdiving for food, panhandling/begging for money, and selling drugs or sex for money or shelter. These conditions result in a significant risk for serious health and mental health problems, including malnutrition, sexually transmitted diseases, depressive symptoms, posttraumatic stress, drug overdose and increased potential for selfharm and suicidal ideation.

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