This work has been supported by NIDA grant (R01 DA023908).
“UNDERSTAND MY SIDE, MY SITUATION, AND MY STORY:” INSIGHTS INTO THE SERVICE NEEDS AMONG SUBSTANCE-ABUSING HOMELESS MOTHERS
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
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Journal of Community Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 8, pages 938–950, November 2012
How to Cite
Dashora, P., Slesnick, N. and Erdem, G. (2012), “UNDERSTAND MY SIDE, MY SITUATION, AND MY STORY:” INSIGHTS INTO THE SERVICE NEEDS AMONG SUBSTANCE-ABUSING HOMELESS MOTHERS. J. Community Psychol., 40: 938–950. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21499
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
- NIDA. Grant Number: R01 DA023908
Substance abuse among homeless mothers has negative consequences for both the mother and her child. Few researchers have examined the needs of these mothers in order to effectively intervene in their lives. This study uses a qualitative focus group research method to examine the needs of substance abusing homeless mothers recruited from a homeless families' shelter. Twenty eight women were engaged in three focus groups to identify their needs and acceptable intervention components. Content analysis of data revealed five major categories of needs: subsistence, employment, education and information, service, and counseling and connectedness needs. Findings of this study call for a multifaceted intervention approach that targets several areas of need in a coordinated manner.