Presentation Title

Student Homelessness and Housing Insecurity at Thompson Rivers University: A Quantitative Study Focused on Housing Issues Among the TRU Student Body

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Abstract

Homelessness and housing insecurity are issues that have been researched extensively regarding the general population and the K-12 student; however, these issues are under-researched regarding post-secondary students. The existing research includes studies mostly conducted in the United States with limited research being conducted in Europe; furthermore, the existing research has determined that student homelessness and housing insecurity negatively affect the outcomes of a student's academic experience. These studies have concluded that student homelessness and housing insecurity are significant issues that require further research to develop new plans of action. In April of 2019, I began a quantitative research study focused on determining the prevalence of student homelessness and housing insecurity at TRU. As little was known related to the extent of these issues on the TRU campus, we decided that a straight-forward questionnaire with closed and open-ended questions was the appropriate method to obtain the information that we required. This presentation will briefly discuss some of the background on these issues and the existing research, will discuss the findings of the current research study, and will offer some analysis on the importance of the issue and the results of study.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

Faculty Advisor

Dawn Farough

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Student Homelessness and Housing Insecurity at Thompson Rivers University: A Quantitative Study Focused on Housing Issues Among the TRU Student Body

Homelessness and housing insecurity are issues that have been researched extensively regarding the general population and the K-12 student; however, these issues are under-researched regarding post-secondary students. The existing research includes studies mostly conducted in the United States with limited research being conducted in Europe; furthermore, the existing research has determined that student homelessness and housing insecurity negatively affect the outcomes of a student's academic experience. These studies have concluded that student homelessness and housing insecurity are significant issues that require further research to develop new plans of action. In April of 2019, I began a quantitative research study focused on determining the prevalence of student homelessness and housing insecurity at TRU. As little was known related to the extent of these issues on the TRU campus, we decided that a straight-forward questionnaire with closed and open-ended questions was the appropriate method to obtain the information that we required. This presentation will briefly discuss some of the background on these issues and the existing research, will discuss the findings of the current research study, and will offer some analysis on the importance of the issue and the results of study.