Women's Perspectives on Homelessness

Authors

  • Donna R. Hodnicki R.N., C., Ph.D., F.N.P.,

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    1. Donna R. Hodnicki, and Sharon D. Horner are Assistant Professors, Georgia Southern University, and Joyceen S. Boyle, is Professor and Chair Community Nursing, Medical College of Georgia
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  • Sharon D. Horner R.N., Ph.D.,

    1. Donna R. Hodnicki, and Sharon D. Horner are Assistant Professors, Georgia Southern University, and Joyceen S. Boyle, is Professor and Chair Community Nursing, Medical College of Georgia
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  • Joyceen S. Boyle R.N., Ph.D.

    1. Donna R. Hodnicki, and Sharon D. Horner are Assistant Professors, Georgia Southern University, and Joyceen S. Boyle, is Professor and Chair Community Nursing, Medical College of Georgia
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Abstract

Abstract An increase in the number of individuals who are homeless since the 1980s has made homelessness a major social, economic, and political problem in the United States. The number of homeless in this country is estimated as high as 3 million, with women and children constituting the fastest growing subgroup of this population. A study of eight homeless women using a shelter in a southeastern city was conducted to explore the experience of homelessness from the women's perspectives. A modified ethnographic approach using a semistructured interview provided qualitative data. The constant comparative method of analysis identified themes of heightened awareness, guarding, identification of needs, and strategies for resolution. This study provides a new understanding of how some women experience homelessness. as well as the responses they take to solve this problem.

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