If you wanted to examine young people's experiences of homelessness, would you use qualitative methods, or quantitative methods, or a mixed method...

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Homelessness is defined as a form of isolation from society as a result of a loss of an affiliate bond, such as employment or housing, which links the individual to society (Ravenhill 2008, p. 6). Homelessness can also be divided into three categories; primary, secondary and tertiary (Limbrick 2006, p. 17). Primary homelessness is experienced by individuals who do not have appropriate housing (Limbrick 2006, p. 17). Secondary homelessness is experienced by individuals (most commonly youth) who regularly move from temporary housing to another (Limbrick 2006, p. 17). Tertiary homelessness is described as individuals residing in housing, which is considered below public standards (Limbrick 2006, p. 17). Over 36, 000 youth (between the ages of fourteen and twenty five) are homeless (Lawder 2001, p. 5). It is important to take into account there could be a larger number of homeless youth, as some individuals are not accounted for (Lawder 2001, p. 5).

Qualitative research is subjective data and is often used in the social sciences (Sarantakos 2013, p. 48). Qualitative research is devoted to gathering facts; this can be completed through personal experiences, behaviours, and observations (Sarantakos 2013, p. 46). The purpose of qualitative research is to gather an in depth understanding of human behaviour and the explanations for the behaviour (Martijn & Sharpe 2006, p. 1). An issue with only using a qualitative method is efficacy; qualitative studies cannot address relationships between variables with the degree of accuracy that is required to establish social trends (Sarantakos 2013, p. 46). Therefore, the data collected is not representative as it is based on small sample sizes. Thus, the information collected from this method canno...

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...roach would provide the best results for a research study based on homeless youth’s experiences. The information gathered from a qualitative approach can help construct a solution to the issue of youth homelessness.

Works Cited

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Lawder, N 2011 'Homelessness Australia April 2011 Update', Parity, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 5.
Limbrick, D 2006, 'Exploring the needs of homeless people: Accommodation and/or support', Parity, vol. 19, no. 7, pp. 17.
Martijn, C & Sharpe, L 2006, 'Pathways to youth homelessness', Social Science & Medicine, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 1-12.
Ravenhill, M 2008, The Culture of Homelessness, Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Farnham.
Sarantakos, S 2013, Social Research, 4th edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, New York.