Every year, more than 23,000 youth leave foster care after turning 18 and begin adulthood. Unlike their peers who can depend on family who serve as support systems, those coming out of foster care have to be more self-sufficient and often face elevated risks of homelessness and poverty. Clark Peters says youth in foster care need not only financial education but guidance as they grow their experience obtaining and managing money to successfully navigate the path to adulthood.
Grocery stores and cafeterias successfully nudge selection of target foods, but can this same strategy be used to encourage food pantry clients to select target healthful foods? In a new study published in the Journal of Public Health, Auburn University and Cornell University researchers found that product placement and packaging had a significant impact on what clients selected in a New York State food pantry.
A new study suggests that if prison health providers ask women whether they have exchanged sex for drugs or money, they may find that more than one in four have, and that they are at especially high risk for health and social problems.
University of Iowa researchers find an association between financials stress and severe domestic abuse, but the discovery doesn't prove one leads to the other.
Cocaine use has increased substantially among African Americans in some of the most underserved areas of the United States. Interventions designed to increase connection to and support from non-drug using family and friends, with access to employment, the faith community, and education, are the best ways to reduce substance use among African Americans and other minorities in low-income, resource-poor communities, a study led by a medical anthropologist at the University of California, Riverside concludes.
The devastating consequences of sexual trauma in the military reported by 25 percent of female and 1 percent of male veterans who served in the US armed forces are associated with a much higher risk for homelessness.
A study of 218 youths 15-24 who had been homeless on the streets of San Francisco for at least two nights within a six-month period were found to have a mortality rate after six years 10 times higher than for a matched group of young people in the general population. The main causes of death were suicide and substance abuse. While small, the study highlights the need for social services to prevent these unnecessary deaths.
The fallout of the financial crisis and subsequent bailouts of Greece and other struggling nations, coupled with the recent migration crisis, have further inflamed skepticism toward European integration, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas professor.
Teens without homes, many of whom have suffered at the hands of those entrusted with providing them care and kindness, often refuse to seek warmth and nourishment at shelters. But there's new evidence that drop-in centers - safe havens with fewer rules and no older adults - could open doors to jobs, sobriety and housing that is safe and secure.
Close to 40 percent (38 percent) of formerly suicidal Canadians have reached a state of complete mental health, not only being free of symptoms of mental illness, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse in the preceding year, but also reporting almost daily happiness or life satisfaction, and social and psychological wellbeing according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto. The study will appear online this month in the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.