Drawing on selected data from a qualitative longitudinal study of homeless youth and their families in Ireland, researchers Sarah Parker and Paula Mayock have published an article on the ways in which ‘family’ is constructed and (re)negotiated in the lives of ‘out of home’ young people. The analysis reveals the complex and dynamic processes underpinning young people’s understanding of family as well as the enduring impact of separation, dislocation, and conflict on how they attach meaning to familial experiences over time. The authors conclude with the practice implications arising from the findings.

Click here to access the article and you can find the full research reports from the study here (Phase 1) and here (Phase 2).