Journal article

"I've seen my friend get chopped": The Influence of Peer Networks on Exposure to Violence Among Homeless Young Adults

Jessica A Heerde, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Journal of Adolescent Research | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2020


Homeless young adults report being exposed to substantial violence and victimization. This often arises through street culture and norms associated with subcultures of violent behavior. In this exploratory study, we applied a decolonizing lens to conduct semi-structured interviews with 18 young adults experiencing homelessness in Victoria, Australia. In this study, we provide a contemporary description of peer relationships among homeless young adults. We examine how these relationships influence exposure to violence, and how young adults perceive and respond to injuries sustained by their peers because of exposure to violence. Findings showed bonds and relationships between homeless young a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: At the time of writing, Dr. Heerde was supported by a Research Fellowship from the Westpac Scholars Trust. Data collection for this research was supported through an Early Career Research Incentive Grant awarded to Dr. Heerde at Australian Catholic University. Preliminary data analysis was supported through a DYMurdoch Children's Research Institute Population Health Theme Funding Grant.