Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Demographic Profile of Black Homeless High School Students Residing in the District of Columbia Shelters and the Factors that Influence their Education
by Abdul Rahman, Mai, Ed.D., Howard University, 2014, 272; 3639463
Abstract (Summary)

Research indicates that families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the country (National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2011). The rise in the number of homeless families has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of homeless students (Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 2013; Flannery, 2010). In recent years, the number of District of Columbia homeless families with children has significantly increased (The Homeless Children's Playtime Project [HCPP], 2012), and as of February 2013, more than 601 high school homeless students were enrolled in District of Columbia Public High Schools (DCAYA, 2013). Using mixed methods research, the study collected data from 95 homeless participants (16-21 years) to construct a demographic and educational profile of Black high school-aged homeless youth residing in District of Columbia homeless shelters. The study examined the factors that facilitate or impede the learning outcomes of these youth. The data analysis revealed that 31.66% of the respondents' struggle to find enough food to eat, 59.75% when faced with shelter shortages sleep in abandoned properties and city parks (34.45%), and (37.95%) sleep in city public streets (37.95%). In addition, 74.76% of the study sample "plans to keep going to school". Logistic Regression was performed and indicated that the variables (Multiethnic Identity, Ego Resiliency, and Life Orientation) are significant predictors of grade completion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sola, Peter
Commitee: Elbedour, Salman, Ferguson, Angela, Harrison-Jones, Lois, McLaughlin, John, Williams, Dawn
School: Howard University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education Policy, School administration, Public policy
Keywords: District of columbia, District of columbia homeless youth legislation, Homeless life, Homeless student school grade completion, Homeless students, Homeless youth education, Homeless youth research classifications
Publication Number: 3639463
ISBN: 9781321239027
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