This qualitative study explored the lifestyle of women with a history of homelessness, their experiences with fear and violence, social support networks, and perceptions of service providers and outreach workers. Fourteen participants were recruited and interviewed with a structured guide after advertising at a women's center in Los Angeles.
It was found that lack of a job and low-income were 2 of the primary factors leading to homelessness. The women relied on homeless agencies, shelters, day centers, and mental health providers for support. They held mixed perceptions of outreach workers and service providers. The most reported form of violence was physical followed by sexual violence. A majority referenced their faith in God/higher power as a support system and a safety net. It is recommended that social workers educate themselves regarding the homeless populations in order to deliver unbiased and just services in a culturally competent manner.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Womens studies, Public policy|
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