International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

CREATING HOPE IN A TOUGH WORLD: UTILIZING INTERVIEWS AS CASE STUDIES TO EVALUATE A PROGRAM DESIGNED TO HELP HOMELESS TEEN MOTHERS
Diana Bruns

Abstract
An evaluation of a homeless teen mother program was conducted using in-depth interviews with four participants two years after their involvement in a program designed to help them become self-sufficient. Explanations were presented as to why the teens became homeless, how they attempted to cope with their homelessness and how the program helped them to achieve short-term goals. Seven major themes were identified as to why the program was initially helpful as well as why the teens chose to terminate their involvement in the program. Ultimately, the program director served as both a role model and lifeline for the teens.

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