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Stephanie Bryson and Mollie Janssen

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Work and University Honors


Social Work




Homeless youth -- Services for, Psychic trauma




The purpose of this systematic scoping review was to find what the current literature includes regarding the topic of Trauma-informed Care (TIC) as a service approach to serve youth who are experiencing houselessness. The review was guided by the research question, ‘How might Trauma-informed Care be practiced within houseless youth organizations?’ A comprehensive search of the databases PsycINFO and Academic Search Premier, as well as the grey literature database, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) were performed to locate articles and readings relevant to the topic. To further increase the breadth of the scope, publications were located and selected from a nationally recognized trauma-informed organization, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), and a statewide trauma-informed organization, Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO). A de-duplication and screening process was applied to all readings, leaving eligible full-text articles to be reviewed. During the review, key concepts and definitions were identified in order to come to a fuller understanding of the scope of the topic, including where gaps exist in the research. Thematic analysis was carried out on the remaining full-text articles to extract common themes. The search process was charted in a PRISMA flow diagram, while the results were reported by narrative description.


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