This action research study explored the complex nature of homeless adults and their perceptions of barriers to mental health services. Barriers to mental health services and a lack of resources for homeless adults are social justice issues explored in the study. The participants were homeless adults with a history of substance abuse, diagnosis of Hepatitis C (HCV) infection, and mental illness. A qualitative approach allowed for data analysis which described the experiences of homeless adults living with HCV infection. Due to the stigma assigned by HCV based on the prevalence of HCV being contracted by substance abuse, a defined high-risk behavior, the homeless adults were not offered mental health services. As a result, the homeless adults did not get treatment.
|Advisor:||Keller, Ann W.|
|Commitee:||Altekruse, Michael, Dollins, Ann|
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||HCV, Hepititus C, Homeless adults, Mental health barriers|
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