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Table 1 Characteristics of study participants at baseline (n = 359)

From: Predictors of residential stability among homeless young adults: a cohort study

  Number of subjects at baseline (%)
Baseline variables
Male 284 (79.1)
Age at first homelessness episode (≥16 years old) 222 (61.8)
Age (≥22 years) 182 (50.7)
Lifetime cumulative homelessness (≥1 year) 259 (72.1)
Alcohol abuse or dependence (last 12 months) 119 (33.2)
Drug abuse or dependence (last 12 months) 233 (64.9)
Mental health problem (excluding abuse or dependence to alcohol or drugs; last 12 months) 143 (39.9)
≥2 mental health problems (last 12 months) 73 (20.3)
Time-dependent variables
High school or more 85 (23.7)
Formal sector activity (last 3 months) 120 (33.4)
Informal sector activity (last 3 months) 315 (87.7)
Experience with the justice system (last 3 months) 277 (77.2)
High psychological distress (last month) 87 (24.2)
Social network at risk (currently) 308 (86.0)
Formal resources to get off the street (last 3 months) 184 (51.3)
Formal resource providing help to find housing (last 3 months) 72 (20.1)
Seeking psychological help (last 3 months) 135 (37.6)
Program or therapy for alcohol or drugs (last 3 months) 60 (16.7)
Active support from family, friends or boyfriend/girlfriend (last 3 months) 315 (91.8)
Active support from a formal individual (last 3 months) 118 (34.4)
Suicidal ideation (last 3 months) 55 (15.3)
Attempted suicide or intentional overdose (last 3 months) 20 (5.6)
Accidental overdose (last 3 months) 26 (7.2)
Injection (last 3 months) 78 (21.7)