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Women and homelessness, a complex multidimensional issue: findings from a scoping review

Phipps, M, Dalton, L ORCID: 0000-0003-4470-5814, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698 and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'Women and homelessness, a complex multidimensional issue: findings from a scoping review' , Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless , pp. 1-13 , doi: 10.1080/10530789.2018.1534427.

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Abstract

Homelessness is an increasingly prevalent issue worldwide. Women represent the fastestgrowing segment of the homeless population and have differing needs to men. Thesedifferences need to be considered by service providers and other stakeholders working withhomeless women. A scoping review was conducted to address the question “What is knownabout issues relating to homeless women in the existing literature?” PubMed, PsycInfo,Embase, CINAHL, Scopus and Web of Science were searched up until March 2018 with nodate limits. The final sample of articles included in this scoping study was 232 from which sixthemes were extracted: (1) pathways into homelessness, (2) trauma, victimization andadverse childhood experiences, (3) mental and physical health issues, (4) barriers toaccessing treatment and experiences with service providers, (5) social support and lifesatisfaction and (6) strengths, hopes and leaving homelessness. This review suggests astrengths-based approach to addressing women’s homelessness. This approach emphasizespeople’s self-determination and strengths and views clients as resilient to problems theyencounter in their lives. Future research and service provision should take into account thecomplexities in the lives of homeless women and recognize the autonomy of women tomove out of homelessness.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Phipps, M and Dalton, L and Maxwell, H and Cleary, M
Keywords: women, homelessness, scoping review, strengths, trauma, mental illness
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1573-658X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10530789.2018.1534427
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