When Difference Matters: Matching Service Delivery to Diverse Street Youth Populations

By Joanne Parker, Jeff Karabanow, Jean Hughes, Jacqueline Gahagan and Stephen Kisely.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This paper uses research findings, literature, and field observations to describe the heterogeneity of Canadian and Halifax street youth, and the services they rely upon for survival.

Keywords: Homeless Youth, Street Youth, Service Delivery Styles, Anti-oppressive Organizations

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.63-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 821.677KB).

Ms. Joanne Parker

Joanne Parker is the Program Coordinator for the Housing and Health Research Team (HHRT)with Dalhousie University. The project aims to build research capacity related to housing and health for both academics and community service providers in Halifax, Nova Scotia. HHRT is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Nova Scotia Health Research Fund, and the Dalhousie Medical Research Fund.

Dr. Jeff Karabanow

Dr Jeff Karabanow is Associate Professor at Dalhousie University's School of Social Work. He has worked with street youth across Canada and in Guatemala, and has published widely in the areas of street youth aetiology, street youth culture and service delivery.

Jean Hughes

Jean Hughes is Associate Professor with Dalhousie’s School of Nursing, and has a Scientific appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre. Her clinical research is interdisciplinary, involves community-based participatory studies using multiple methodologies, and investigates hard-to-reach populations (high-risk families, homeless youth, low income women, abusive mothers) with a focus on mental health and service delivery issues.

Jacqueline Gahagan

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan is Associate Professor with the Dalhousie’s School of Health and Human Performance. Her areas of expertise include gender and HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, health promotion, health policy, and community-based research.

Stephen Kisely

Dr. Stephen Kisely is the Chair in Health Outcomes for Dalhousie University’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. He has a background in psychiatry and public health medicine, and his research and clinical interests are in health services research, and physical and psychiatric co-morbidity.


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