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Author Schutt, Russell K.

Title Homelessness, housing, and mental illness / Russell K. Schutt with Stephen M. Goldfinger.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2011.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  362.5 S396H    Check Shelf
Description xxiv, 376 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [321]-363) and index.
Contents A point of departure -- Community in theory -- From back wards to dark hallways -- Satisfying wants and meeting needs -- Social relations -- Substance abuse -- Mental illness -- Functioning in the community (with Larry J. Seidman) -- Empowerment -- Housing loss -- Community process in context.
Summary Humans are social animals and, in general, don't thrive in isolated environments. Homeless people, many of whom suffer from serious mental illnesses, often live socially isolated on the streets or in shelters. Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness describes a carefully designed large-scale study to assess how well these people do when attempts are made to reduce their social isolation and integrate them into the community. --
Should homeless mentally ill people be provided with the type of housing they want or with what clinicians think they need? Is a residential staff necessary? Are roommates advantageous? How is community integration affected by substance abuse, psychiatric diagnoses, and cognitive functioning? Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness answers these questions and reexamines the assumptions behind housing policies that support the preference of most homeless mentally ill people to live alone in independent apartments. The analysis shows that living alone reduces housing retention as well as cognitive functioning, while group homes improve these critical outcomes. Throughout the book, Russell Schutt explores the meaning and value of community for our most fragile citizens. --Book Jacket.
Subject Mentally ill homeless persons -- United States.
Group homes for people with mental disabilities -- United States.
Mental Disorders -- United States.
Ill-Housed Persons -- psychology -- United States.
Housing -- United States.
Social Problems -- United States.
Added Author Goldfinger, Stephen M.
ISBN 9780674051010 alkaline paper
0674051017 alkaline paper
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