Unge Usynlige Hjemløse

Lærke Høver Flensburg-Dilling, Trine Kjær Knudsen, Louise Hjermov, Nanna Christine Lundberg Trog & Christina Skov

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


Background Homelessness is an increasing problem in Denmark, especially among the youth. Homelessness have an impact on the health and welfare for the individual but also for the general welfare-society. In Denmark there has been political initiatives with the purpose of reducing homelessness within the population. Despite these initiatives and the focus on homelessness there is still an increase in the number of young homeless people. Some reports shows that especially the young will not define themself as ‘homeless’ because of the stigma associated with this articulation. Many of the young homeless people occasionally live on couches by friends and family and they move around from friend to friend. This can have negative consequences for the young people because their friendships are worn out and they never have a stable living solution. Aim: The aim of this study was to shed light on the challenges that young people meet by being young invisible homeless. In particular the focus on the significance of the articulation of ‘homelessness’ for the young people and their current situation. Furthermore we have had a critical view on how to get an adequate population count of the young homeless if they are invisible and lives as couchsurfers. Methods: Our scientific theory is critical theory which means that we have a critical view of the society. We use a mixed methods approach where we combine quantitative and qualitative methods. These methods will contribute a wider perspective on the subjekt. The quantitative methods will consist of a critical assessment of a report on the homelessness count in 2017, How can they count the young if they are invisible? Where the qualitative methods will be based on two semi-structured interviews with two project managing employees from Red Cross. Results: Our quantitative analysis, was based on a critical assessment of a report from VIVE - ‘Hjemløshed i Danmark 2017- National kortlægning’. this report shows current statistics on the topic and our analyses showed that even though VIVE had done a great job of reporting the general problem, they still lacked a large population because of the difficulty in representing the invisibly homeless. Our qualitative analysis, was based on interviews with the two employees from Red Cross. Aspects of their stories were analysed together with articles and reports where the articulation of ‘homelesness’ were analysed up against different frames which we found meaningful: Society, Network, Articulate, Identity, Visions for ‘Home for You’ & Health. Conclusion: Based on this study we can conclude that the way we in the society articulate and talk about ‘homelessness’ has a big impact on the lives for young homeless people. It is important that we find other ways to articulate this phenomena with the focus of reduce the stigma related with homelessness.

UddannelserSundhedsfremme og Sundhedsstrategier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019
Antal sider90
VejledereKasper Andreas Kristensen


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  • hjemløs
  • sofasurfer
  • sofasover
  • usynlig