Homelessness in High School: 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) Data

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Virtual presentation via BlueJeans at https://bluejeans.com/361095905 | Meeting ID 361095905
  • Please RSVP by emailing Debra Reese. Please include your full name, email address, and institution/organization. 
  • This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. We will provide instructions on obtaining CME credit for attendance.

Homelessness threatens the well-being of more students than are identified through our current systems.

Data from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) across 24 states and 12 school districts suggests that as many as two-thirds of high school students experiencing homelessness are not identified by education agencies. The YRBSS data also indicate that students who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Hawaiian/Alaskan, male, or LGBT are more likely to report homelessness.

Furthermore, when compared to stably housed peers, students experiencing homelessness have higher rates of sexual, physical, and bullying victimization and greater odds of severe suicidality, substance use, alcohol abuse, risky sexual behavior, and poor grades in school.

Students and families experiencing homelessness need well-resourced and coordinated supports across education, health, and human service systems to identify and respond to homelessness when it occurs.

Meet the Speakers

J.J. Cutuli, PhD

J. J. Cutuli, PhD, is Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science at Nemours Children’s Health System. His research involves the developmental processes of resilience for children, youth, and families who experience high levels of adversity, such as homelessness, maltreatment, and poverty. Dr. Cutuli focuses on protective factors that are common in the lives of individuals who do well, and the processes through which those factors result in positive adaptation. As a developmental scientist, he has investigated how factors at different levels of the person like genes, physiology, and psychology, and factors in peoples’ contexts like families, schools, and neighborhoods, come together in complex ways over time to contribute to success or challenges in important areas like education, health, relationships, mental health, and good conduct. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota with dual training in child development and clinical psychology.

Danielle Hatchimonji, PhD

Danielle Hatchimonji, PhD, is an Assistant Research Scientist at Nemours Children’s Health in the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. She received her PhD from Rutgers University in Psychology. Her research examines how school and healthcare systems can address inequity to optimize positive development for all children.

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