Date of Award

5-2-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Eric Wright

Second Advisor

Ben Kail

Third Advisor

Erin Ruel

Abstract

The Atlanta Youth Count and Needs Assessment 2015 is a survey of homeless youth (14-24 years of age) in Atlanta, examining their needs as well as demographic characteristics. This paper looks at the relationship examines a relationship between demographic characteristics and individuals future orientation.. While age, race, and gender do not seem to influence the future orientation of homeless youth, their lesbian and gay youth had a statistically significant difference in their future orientation score than their straight and bisexual counterpart’s individuals. It is important for sociological literature to combine both strength based examinations with needs based examinations, to help local service providers learn about their population.

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