Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children. Additional Questions for Children


  1. Housing history of the child
    1. Duration of current episode of homelessness for the child
    2. New or recurrent homelessness for the child
    3. Housing instability of the child prior to homelessness
    4. With parent(s) in shelters or separated from parent(s)
    5. History of foster care
    6. Child’s appraisal of homeless situation
  2. Traumatic history of the child
    1. Physical abuse or neglect
    2. Sexual abuse
    3. Psychological abuse or neglect
    4. Welfare involvement
    5. Accidents
  3. Situation of school-aged child in family
    1. Expected to earn money (work, panhandle, etc.)
    2. Expected to care for siblings or parent
    3. Significant sibling rivalries
    4. Significant home behavioral problem
    5. Source of strength for family
  4. Educational situation of school-age children without special needs
    1. In school with continuity of schooling
    2. In school: more than 2 schools during time homeless
    3. Not in school, were in school before
    4. Never in school
  5. Educational situation of school-age children with special needs
    1. Evaluated, in special needs program with continuity
    2. Evaluated, in special needs program, without continuity
    3. Evaluated, in general schooling
    4. Evaluated, not in school
    5. Not evaluated, in school
    6. Not evaluated, not in school
  6. Home or community factors related to education
    1. Ability to study at home (light, space, noise, other duties, etc.)
    2. Sleeping conditions, number hours sleep at night
    3. Transportation to school
    4. Negative/positive attitude of parents toward schooling
    5. Negative/positive attitude of school mates toward homeless child
    6. Negative/positive attitude of teachers toward homeless child
    7. Language, cultural, or disability barrier to communication and understanding
    8. Integrated in regular school or in school for homeless children
  7. Pre-school children: daily life activities
    1. In Headstart or other program
    2. Adequate maternal bonding and conversation
    3. Regular schedule of feeding, sleep, activities
    4. Interactions with other than parents
  8. Health: General
    1. Hunger
    2. Nutritional status
    3. Growth rate, stunting
    4. Blood count (anemia, etc)
    5. Immunization status
    6. Exposure to lead or other environmental toxins
    7. Chronic illnesses, allergies
    8. Frequent acute illnesses
  9. Health: Disability
    1. Vision
    2. Hearing
    3. Motor
    4. Intellectual
    5. Attention deficit/hyperactive
    6. Emotional (mental disorder), substance abuse
    7. Social (passivity, shyness, aggressiveness, etc.)
  10. Health: Services
    1. Has regular primary care
    2. Specialist care
    3. Emergency services visits
    4. History of hospitalization
    5. Medications
    6. Regular dental care
    7. Self or alternative health care
  11. Health care coverage
    1. Medicaid
    2. McKinney program
    3. Other
    4. No coverage
  12. Attitudes of the child
    1. Sense of self (identity) and self-worth
    2. Sense of locus of control
    3. Attitude toward a home and toward parents
    4. Antonovsky’s sense of coherence
    5. Detachment
    6. Feelings of isolation or of belonging
    7. Feelings of humiliation, feelings of dignity
    8. Rage to serenity score
    9. Bonding to other youths, gangs
    10. Role models

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