Mcarthur, M., Moore, T. & Noble-Carr, D. (2008). Stuff you'd never think of: Children talk about homelessness and how they'd like to be supported. Family Matters,78 36-43.
This article reports on research carried out with children who had experienced homelessness in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which involved taking a comprehensive and innovative qualitative methodology for engaging the children in the project. This article discusses what 'homelessness' means to children who have accompanied their parents during periods of homelessness. Although problematic, children reported that during periods of homelessness they felt connected and supported by their families and that their parents mitigated some of its negative affects. They believed that having lived through difficult times they and their families had developed an appreciation for life and a sense that they could overcome future challenges. Children's involvement in research such as this contributes to our knowledge about how children experience homelessness and having a home in important way.
Institute of Child Protection Studies
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