Support To Reunite, Involve and Value Each Other (STRIVE)

A family-based intervention for homeless and runaway youth

At a glance:

Project Name: 

STRIVE (Support To Reunite, Involve and Value Each Other)

Project Type: 

Homelessness

Family-based intervention for homeless and runaway youth

The STRIVE program aimed to improve residential stability and the quality of residential life, reduce the number of runaway episodes, as well as reduce HIV-related sexual and substance use risk acts. Family conflict is found to cause runaway episodes for youth. Targeting newly homeless youth, this study developed and implemented a 5-session family-based intervention. STRIVE sessions take place with families while youth are still in shelters and/or being served by community agencies, and as they transition back to the home.

Surveys and Scales Used: 

  1. AHIMSA Acculturation, Habits, and Interests Multicultural Scale for Adolescents (1268)
  2. AIDS Knowledge & Attitude Survey (1343)
  3. Adult Attachment Scale (1201)
  4. Educational (Academic) Experience (1035)
  5. Family Interdependence (1363)
  6.  Family Functioning Subscales (1194)
  7.  Family Assessment Measure III (2695)
  8.  Employment/Labor Experience (1059)
  9. University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (URICA) (991)
  10. Teaming African American Parents with Survival Skills (T.A.A.P.S.S.) (979)
  11. Religion - Spiritual Intuition Inventory (1009)
  12. Self Harm: Suicide History (1121)
  13.  Social Support Microsystem Scale (SOC) (1077)
  14. Health Belief Model - Intentions for Safer Sex (HBMI) (1101)
  15.  Alcohol/Drug: MAST - Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (Adolescent version), and SMAST (1291)
  16.  Alcohol/Drug: Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) - Adolescent Version (1324)
  17.  Alcohol/Drug: Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) - Parent Version (1019)
  18.  Runaway Episodes (953)
  19.  Residential Stability (RS) (947)
  20.  Reasons for Leaving Home (RLH) (983)
  21.  Pregnancy History (1036)
  22.  Proactive Attitude Scale (PAS) (1246)
  23.  Health Belief Model - Perceived Susceptibility (HMBP) (1155)
  24.  Parental Monitoring Assessment (PMA) (1060)
  25.  Parker Parental Bonding Instrument (1014)
  26.  Parent Involvement & Supervision (1014)
  27.  NSBA Religious Involvement (964)
  28.  Multiple Problem Behavior - Sex Work (956)
  29.  The Mini-Mental State Exam (1012)
  30.  McMaster Family Assessment Device (FAD) (Subscales) (4991)
  31.  Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (IPPA) (1745)
  32.  House Rules (1027)
  33.  Getting Services (993)
  34.  Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS) (11226)
  35.  Multiple Problem Behavior - DSM Conduct Problems (DSMC) - Conduct Disorder (1109)
  36.  Conflict Resolution - Conflict Tactics Scale (CTS) (1717)
  37.  Autonomy Self Report - Adolescent Autonomy Questionnaire (2040)
  38.  AIDS Risk Behavior Assessment (ARBA) (2433)
  39. PTSD Index for DSM IV (Adolescent version) - UCLA (2426)
  40. Positive Attitudes Toward Living at Home (977)

Targeted Risk Group: 

Newly homeless youth in Los Angeles

Intervention model: 

A behavioral family-based intervention model was used to address family conflict and promote positive family-child interactions.

Research Methods: 

This study consisted of two phases Phase 1 was focus groups and key informant interviews to develop research design, measures, an intervention activities. Phase 2 implemented family intervention sessions with baseline and 3, 6, 12, 18, 24 month follow ups.

Local Significance: 

 Positive outcomes for reducing HIV risk behaviors and improving mental health.

International Significance: 

N/A