Young women construct themselves: social identity, self-concept and psychosocial well-being in homeless facilities

Dawn Stephen

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-460
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2000

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