Homelessness or a variety of health concerns purpose

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homelessness or a variety of health concerns. Purpose of the Study and Research Questions The overall purpose of this study was to explore the experience of homelessness among adolescents. More specifically, the research questions that guided this investigation are 1. How is homelessness experienced by adolescents? 2. How does gender shape these experiences? 3. How is health perceived and experienced by home- less adolescents, and what are the barriers they 4. How does current Canadian policy shape these experiences? Haldenby et al. / Adolescent Homelessness and Health 1235
1236 Qualitative Health Research Narrative inquiry involves using language as the medium that reflects meanings, which are understood as the groundwork of reality (Riessman, 1993). The participants’ stories are rooted in time, place, and per- sonal experience (Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach, & Zilber, 1998; Riessman, 1993), which provide insight into social patterns as they are seen through the lens of an individual (Patton, 2002; Riessman, 1993). In this research the social patterns and culture that were revealed though the individual’s stories can be used to better understand the experiences of living without a home. Sample After ethics approval was obtained through the University of Western Ontario’s research ethics board, the study participants were recruited from a community center that works with adolescents who are homeless.

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