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Research Letter
May 10, 2022

Mental Health and Substance Use Among Homeless Adolescents in the US

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 3MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 4Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2022;327(18):1820-1822. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.4422

In the US, 1 in 30 adolescents experienced homelessness between 2016 and 2017.1 Homelessness among adolescents occurs in the context of overwhelming stress, trauma, and deprivation, all of which are associated with worse mental health and substance use outcomes.2

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