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AbstractBoarding house residents (BHRs), like the wider homeless population, are multiply disadvantaged and have disproportionately high levels of mental ill-health. Social comparison processes that involve comparing one's mental health to others, may lead BHRs to minimize their mental health...
AbstractThe identity management strategies used to guard against the negative effects of having a “homeless” identity are not known. The aim of this manuscript is to explore how the experiences of homelessness shape perceived identities among individuals who are homeless and influence subsequent...
AbstractHomelessness has gained increasing attention since the 1980s in the United States. And the numbers of individuals and families experiencing homelessness are growing, with a 20,000 person, or 3% increase, from 2008 through 2009 (“State of Homelessness,” 2011). In spite of persistent...
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to determine whether a six-week computer literacy course would benefit a group of fourteen men participating in a residency program at a local homeless shelter. We hypothesized that computer literacy would increase self-esteem, perceived social support and...
AbstractHomelessness is a difficult phenomenon to measure. At risk populations can view intrusion from government officials with scepticism and resistance. Also the fluid nature of a homeless population (as individuals move in and out of ‘homelessness,’ and/or homeless situations) makes it...
AbstractThis article proposes a theory of psychological disturbance (mental illness) as a cultural phenomenon. The theory is based on – and extends – the general cultural psychological theory of Vygotsky, Luria, and Leontiev, as well as the specific social approach to psychopathy of Fromm,...
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