‘Trying to Cope’- An Ethnographic Account of
Depression, Isolation and Ways of Coping, in a Youth Homeless Centre

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The paper explores depression, isolation and ways of coping, at a youth homelessness centre. The aim being to capture some early experiences, with a view to how these could begin to be understood before becoming entrenched. Ethnographic research methods were used. The researcher spent two months conducting participant observation at a drop-in centre and hostel. The research supports conclusions of larger studies, that young homeless individuals are particularly vulnerable to poor mental health and risk taking behaviour, and that more research is required about mental health promotion approaches used in this sector.

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Doyle M., (2008) “‘Trying to Cope’- An Ethnographic Account of Depression, Isolation and Ways of Coping, in a Youth Homeless Centre”, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/mhldrp.2008.5123

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