Journal article

Family relationships and LGB first homelessness in Australia: What do we know and where should we go?

Deborah Dempsey, Sharon Parkinson, Cal Andrews, Ruth McNair

Journal of Sociology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


Family conflict is a well-documented causal factor in the international literature on youth homelessness. Less is known about how childhood experiences within family of origin contribute to first homelessness among Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) young people. In this article, which draws on an analysis of the Australian Journeys Home survey, we argue that homelessness risk among LGB young people is cumulative and stems from multiple childhood disadvantages. LGB respondents were more likely than their heterosexual peers to report leaving home in the early teens. They were also more likely to have experienced conflict, abuse and deprivation in their families ..

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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: This research was funded by a grant from the Gay and Lesbian Fund of Australia (GALFA).