Factors that contribute to homelessness from the perspective of the homeless
Hardin, Johnetta, author.
Factors that contribute to homelessness from the perspective of the homeless / Johnetta Hardin.
[New Albany, Indiana] : Indiana University Southeast ; Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2014.
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Thesis M.L.St. Indiana University Southeast 2014
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Indiana University Southeast, degree granting institution.
"Masters in Liberal Studies, Indiana University Southeast."
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 56-02M(E).
Advisors: Diane Willie.
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The problem of homelessness is an on-going issue that affects men, women and children. The current study investigates homelessness from the homeless individual's perspective to determine what the homeless themselves view as the cause and the "cure" for their homelessness. One hundred and three homeless individuals, 51 male and 52 female, participated in this study. Fifty-seven percent of participants were African American and 38% were Caucasian.
The majority of participants reported addictions and lack of education to be factors which led them to become homeless. Females more than males, report that addictions were the cause of their homelessness. A majority of participants reported that to reduce their reliance on shelters, a housing subsidy and job were needed. Approximately 30% reported needing free bus tickets, medical care, help managing money and drug addiction counseling. Females, more than males, reported a job and drug addiction counseling were needed and males more than females, reported that living with a friend is important to reducing their dependence on a shelter. Unlike scholarly experts in this field, the homeless report a continuing need for assistance beyond the attainment of a house and a job. The varied causes and requirements reveal that homelessness is not a uniform state and should not be treated as such.
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Masters Abstracts International 56-02(E).