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A Qualitative Study of Voluntarily Transient Young Adults in Portland, Oregon

1 January 2015


A qualitative study of voluntarily transient young adults’ experience of homelessness was conducted. Twenty male and female 18- to 24-year-olds who had been homeless for at least a 2-week period when housing resources were available were interviewed about their daily lives. Through a grounded theory qualitative analysis of structured interviews, themes were identified and a theory developed. Categories included catalysts leading to homelessness, adaptations to homelessness, a sense of loss, overcoming obstacles, reconnecting, and a renewed sense of purpose and hope.


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