Homeless youths' descriptions of their parents' child-rearing practices

Michele D. Kipke, Raymond F. Palmer, Steven LaFrance, Susan O'Connor

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The families of runaway and homeless youth have been characterized as having high levels of parent-child conflict and distress. This study explored homeless youths' perceptions of their parents' child-rearing practices. Youth (N = 409) were recruited from street and service sites using a stratified probability sampling design. Factor analysis conducted with 23 parenting descriptors revealed four distinct parenting styles: Supportive/Emotionally Available; Intrusive/Unavailable; Detached; and Problems With Drugs/Law. The implications of these findings and future research and service provision needs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-431
Number of pages17
JournalYouth and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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