The purpose of this qualitative narrative study is to explore what stories homeless women articulate in Arkansas between the ages of 21 to 55 who have experienced any mental or physical challenges. Narrative studies explore the phenomena in the form of stories. This study is based on the theory of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and focused on homeless women who have experienced any mental or physical challenges. The study answers the following research questions: How do homeless women articulate their mental challenges through stories? How do homeless women articulate their physical challenges through stories? The qualitative methodology and narrative design provided in-depth information through stories about any mental or physical challenges experienced by homeless women. The researcher interviewed a sample of 8 homeless women about their mental or physical challenges associated with their homeless experience. This study utilized a six-phase approach to thematic analysis. The results revealed that homeless women had challenges with obtaining food and water, finding a place to sleep that is safe and secure, maintaining contact with family and friends, walking and sleeping, obtaining money, clothing, and healthcare, and maintaining intimate relationships. The results of this study provided insight into what challenges that homeless women experience. The results can help homeless shelters and other service providers develop holistic programs.
|Advisor:||Hale, Richard Todd|
|Commitee:||Marshall-Bradley, Tina, Dargon, Christine|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Womens studies|
|Keywords:||Homeless women, Mental challenges, Physical challenges|
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