?They?re Always Complicated but That?s the Meaning of Family in My Eyes?: Homeless Youth Making Sense of ?Family? and Family Relationships
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:Parker, S. and Mayock, P., ?They?re Always Complicated but That?s the Meaning of Family in My Eyes?: Homeless Youth Making Sense of ?Family? and Family Relationships, Journal of Family Issues, 2018, 1-31
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Analyses of the relevance of family for young people are more visible than previously within youth research. Nonetheless, understanding of the nature and meaning of family relationships for those who experience separation from their family, including homeless youth, is relatively weak. Based on selected findings from a qualitative longitudinal study, this article explores the meaning-making processes of homeless young people with explicit attention to the ways in which “family” is produced and (re)negotiated in their lives over time. Four themes are presented—family as reliable and supportive; family as interrupted and “broken”; family as fragile and elusive; and family as fluid and ambiguous—revealing the unfolding nature of young people’s constructions of family and family relationships. The enduring impact of separation, dislocation, and conflict on how young people “make sense” of familial experiences is discussed, and we conclude with the practice implications arising from the findings.
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Journal of Family Issues
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Keywords:Family processes, Homeless youth, Family relationships, Qualitative longitudinal research, Thematic analysis
Subject (TCD):FAMILY , Families & Social Change , HOMELESSNESS , LONGITUDINAL STUDY , QUALITATIVE RESEARCH , RELATIONSHIPS , Youth Homelessness
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