http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...say-having-step-parent-wreck-childs-life.html This is not just in britain. Most homeless people have come from dysfunctional homes. Both biological parents can abuse children but stepparents are even more dangerous usually because they absolutely do not care at all about the child but opportunistic and a vessel for all frustrations, ill will and jealousy with the one biological parent turning a blind eye or in some cases joining in as well. After all, for someone to stay with such a person and expose their children or any children to such, even if not your own, is not a good person to begin with. So both are culpable. Because this is all done in the developmental stage, these people almost never will be right or function well in society unless by some luck they run away early and get with good people or have caring grandparents or other relatives take them in but those are exceptions. Abusers undermine in every possible way, not just physically by withholding needed care but often barely the miminum so as not give off alarming signals to law enforcement. Usually only visible symptom would be withdrawn or depression with children. For instance, i was only given peanut butter sandwiches everyday at lunch or often forced to go without food if my stepparent was angry even though they had money because i was expendable. People do not pay attention to such seemingly trivial things but i was weakened by poor nutrition besides the emotional and mental torture and mindgames. Any happiness he even remotely and subtly detected, he had to sabotage, sqelch it and undermine it. Anything he could do to block, frustrate or sabotage or damage without actually physically killing. Same thing with the mother though she was just a ego-driven negligent woman who was a good match/duo. Same corrupt values. Two peas in a pod. This all had a primal purpose and that was that i was competition so the agenda was to make sure that things would be done to me so that i would be so setback by both damage and obstacles that i would have to work very hard to even get back to normal sanity or personal power. When you have no one in your corner growing up, most likely you will end up homeless because you were disempowered growing up. It's very complicated but this type of abuse has deep longlasting effects depending on the degree of power, manipulativeness and maliciousness of the caretakers. The most dangerous ones are the ones who know how to inflict mental and emotional scars that the person will have to carry with them. and it's intentionally done. They inflict so much pain and take away so much power that the victim can't function normally but will have to spend most of their time trying to find a way to release inner demons (that were not your own) as well as patch themselves up, while normal life is slipping away watching other people go through normal life milestones. it's like you are alienated and isolated from regular life or your own life story sucked away like through a black hole but actually it was the abuser who was feeding off your lifeforce. that was the point, to steal or damage a person's life. They will undermine education, self-esteem, physical strength, mental reasoning, withhold nurturing and use terror tactics so that you will always be under stress, fear and under constant threat. this can all be done easily as long as there are no physical bruises on the victim regularly and the fact other people do not really care about other's problems anyways. The world/nature is a place that favors evil and evil does mostly win and i can't deny that at all. As the years passed, i had to realize and admit this truth to myself because they always had the upperhand and always were accepted/favored by society pretty well, even more than me or gone undetected. Even though these were hellish lessons about life, what it did was open my eyes to the truth and that appearances really can be deceptive and that's not just physical. I'm not impressed by social status, money etc because i know that nature can be so corrupt, i don't really know how that was acquired through actual merit without cheating or by undermining or stealing or purging their garbage on someone else so they could be rid of their karmic debts, stolen another's innocence so they can move on up at another's expense. i think all types of evil underhanded machinations occur like this and the truth of people and how society works is often more sinister and dirty than people admit. well, of course, it's ego. You know in that movie 'the mummy' where that one guy had the life sucked out of him to empower the other man, that is more than a metaphor for what some people do. there are sociopaths/psycopaths who have zero conscience and will steal everything, even your very soul if they can. there are people who do such things to pump themselves up by stealing and exploiting whoever they can get away with doing. the invisible world is as real as the visible one and that is something people who have not been targets of such underhanded manipulations do not know because there are people who do know how to do these types of things. the universe is a much stranger/terrifiying place than conventional wisdom let's on. So if you see a homeless person, be careful of who they are as some are dangerous but at the same time, don't be so judgemental. it's like the walking dead. You don't know what they have been through and if you did, you may have ended up in the same position. That is life.