Homelessness: Prevalence, Impact of Social Factors and Mental Health Challenges


Colleen Clark, PhD (Editor)
Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, FL, US

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC045000

This book contains diverse chapters examining homelessness from a myriad of perspectives, from global perspectives to clinical perspectives. An international group of authors consider clinical and theoretical factors in the lives of people that are homeless and the services and policies that affect their lives. The international chapters provide different perspectives regarding the culturally-embedded nature of our perceptions of homelessness including definitions of homelessness, mental illness, and the expectations of family and support systems. These chapters include information from Ireland, a number of Asian countries, South Africa, Spain, the Czech Republic, and North America.

From within the United States, the book presents different models for understanding, developing, and disseminating interventions for people that are homeless, and have mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. The book explores the needs of special populations such as racial and ethnic minorities as well as those who experience mild developmental delays as well as mental illness and homelessness.

Two chapters explore attitudes towards people that are homeless and that may have behavioral health problems. Finally, the role of climate and the forces of nature are reviewed for unique perspectives on homelessness. These multidisciplinary perspectives on an important issue are both thought-provoking and educational. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Preventing and Ending Homelessness for Adults with Mental Health Disabilities in Ireland: Realities and Aspirations (pp. 1-16)
Joe Finnerty (School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland)

Chapter 2 – People that Are Homeless with Mental Illnesses in Asia: Issues and Interventions (pp. 17-38)
I-Ming Chen and Yi-Ling Chien (Department of Psychiatry, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan)

Chapter 3 – Homelessness and Mental Illness in South Africa (pp. 39-48)
Eleanor Ross, Ph.D. (Centre for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Chapter 4 – Extreme Social Exclusion: The Case of Homeless People in Spain (pp. 49-60)
Mª Rosario Sánchez Morale (Sociology Department III, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Social Trends Research Group, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 5 – Interpersonal Relationships among Young Homeless People (pp. 61-82)
Marie Vágnerová, Ladislav Csémy and Jakub Marek (Prague Psychiatric Center)

Chapter 6 – The Use of Health Information Technology for Mental Health and Chronic Disease Treatment among the Homeless (pp. 83-106)
Jason C. Goldwater, Yael M. Harris, Ph.D., Juliette Jardim, Tasnuva Khan and Leah Hoffheimer (Clinovations, LLC and others)

Chapter 7 – Identification of Areas with High Risk of Homelessness: Implications for Homelessness Prevention Programs (pp. 107-124)
Deden Rukmana (Savannah State University, Savannah, GA, US)

Chapter 8 – Mentally Ill, Addicted and Homeless: The Need for Integrated Models of Care for People with Multiple Issues (pp. 125-134)
Richard C. Christensen, M.D. (Division of Public Psychiatry, University of Florida, College of Medicine-Gainesville, Jacksonville, Florida, US)

Chapter 9 – A Transactional Model of Homelessness and Alcoholism (pp. 135-148)
Colleen Clark, PhD, Blake Barrett and M. Scott Young, Ph.D. (Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, FL, US)

Chapter 10 – Application of Implementation Science for New Homeless Intervention Models (pp. 149-156)
Roger Casey, Ph.D., Paul Smits and Colleen Clark, Ph.D. (National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, Philadelphia, PA, US and others)

Chapter 11 – Preble Street’s Florence House: How Research and Advocacy Made it Possible (pp. 157-174)
Thomas Chalmers McLaughlin and Jon Bradley

Chapter 12 – Understanding Racial Gaps in Family Shelter Entry in Hennepin County, MN (pp. 175-190)
Maria J. Hanratty (Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, MN, US)

Chapter 13 – Clinical Considerations in Working with Individuals Who Are Homeless, Have Intellectual Delay and Mental Illness (pp. 191-202)
Donna C. Lougheed (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 14 – Living Beyond the Margins: Homeless Individuals‘ Perceptions of Contact Quality (pp. 203-222)
Brian T. Jones and Holly Shanley (Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills, MA, US)

Chapter 15 – Measuring Attitudes towards People with Mental Illness and People Who Are Homeless: Is a Joint Instrument Needed? (pp. 223-250)
Adriana Foster, M.D., Sarah Hilton, M.D., Faneece Embry, M.D., Charity Pires, M.D., and Anthony O. Ahmed, Ph.D. (Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA, US)

Chapter 16 – Will Homeless Populations Benefit from Global Warming? (pp. 251-258)
David A. Pepper (School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, American Public University System, Charles Town, WV, US)

Chapter 17 – Earthquakes and Homelessness: A Review of Historical Data (pp. 259-276)
Jaime Santos-Reyes, Galdino Santos-Reyes and Tatiana Gouzeva (SARACS Research Group, SEPI-ESIME, National Polytechnic Institute, México)


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