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Risk and Resilience Among Children Homeless in Minneapolis.

Masten, Ann S. and Arturo Sesma, Jr.

Homelessness among children in Minnesota and nationally has increased dramatically over the 1990s decade. What happens to school success for the children when a family becomes homeless? This study examines the relationship between the amount of risk homeless children experience, other protective factors, and their success in school. School is clearly important to both children and parents, but well over half of the homeless children in this study fell into the bottom quartile on standard achievement tests. Some maintained good achievement. Parental involvement and closeness was clearly an important factor. Special tutoring-advocacy programs for homeless children improved the relationships between these children and their classroom teachers. The study suggests that better outcomes for homeless children can be fostered by focusing on these strategies: reducing risk, boosting resources, and creating protective relationships with competent adults.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Funded by a CURA Interactive Research Grant.
29 (1): 1-6
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Reporter 29 (1)