The Community Mental Health Journal has just accepted a paper on the experience of homeless women with children, titled “Characteristics of Mothers Caring for Children during Episodes of Homelessness” by Melissa Welch-Lazoritz, Les Whitbeck, and Brian Armenta.
This study provides a description of the physical, psychological, and substance use problems of adult homeless women who are and are not caring for children. We also examined differences in the characteristics of these two groups of women. Interviews were conducted with 148 homeless women from three mid-sized U.S. cities, 24.3% of whom were caring for at least one child. Our results showed that women caring for children were more likely to be sheltered and have health insurance. Homeless women caring for children and solitary homeless women were generally similar in terms of mental health problems. However, rates of alcohol and drug dependence were higher among solitary homeless women than they were among women caring for children. Our results are largely consistent with previous research, with the exception of mental health problems, which were shown to be equally problematic for all women, regardless of current caregiving status.
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