Young women construct themselves: social identity, self-concept and psychosocial well-being in homeless facilities
Stephen, Dawn E. (2000) Young women construct themselves: social identity, self-concept and psychosocial well-being in homeless facilities Journal of Youth Studies, 3 (4). pp. 445-460. ISSN 1367-6261; 1469-9680; 00/04445-16
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/7136843...
In problematizing the imagery surrounding the experience of 'homelessness' for young women, this paper is founded on the premise that the processual link between social being and social consciousness-lived experience-needs to be explored. For this sample of young women, 'feeling at home' was either a present state of pathos or a future aspiration, it was not something most associated with their pasts. By listening actively to what the young women had to say about their social identity, self-concept and psychosocial well-being, it is shown that hostel life is portrayed as a stage of transition between the structured limitations of the past and their aspirations for the future.
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