Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Glenda Dewberry Rooney, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Vern Bloom, MSW

Third Advisor

Jack Hauer, MSW


This descriptive study identified the characteristics of youth applying for services at Minneapolis Youth Diversion in Minneapolis, Minnesota, between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1996. Minneapolis Youth Diversion is a non-profit, youth serving agency, located in Minneapolis. An analysis of 507 intake sheets were reviewed to determine the factors related to youth homelessness. These factors included characteristics related to gang involvement, ethnicity, and abuse history. The average age of youth applying for services was age seventeen. More females than males applied for services, and a majority of the youth were African American, contradicting the literature which indicates that most runaways are Caucasian. However, youth from all ethnic groups were represented in the study


SC 11.MSW.1999.Zenner.NJ

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