This article was prepared for and reviewed by the American Orthopsychiatric Association Task Force on Family Homelessness.
Promoting Positive Parenting in the Context of Homelessness
Article first published online: 12 AUG 2012
© 2012 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 82, Issue 3, pages 402–412, July 2012
How to Cite
Perlman, S., Cowan, B., Gewirtz, A., Haskett, M. and Stokes, L. (2012), Promoting Positive Parenting in the Context of Homelessness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82: 402–412. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01158.x
The authors thank the members of the APA Interdivisional Task Force on Supporting Positive Parenting in the Context of Homelessness for their thoughtful feedback, with special thanks extended to BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Karen Hudson, and Joe Willard.
- Issue published online: 12 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 12 AUG 2012
- homeless families;
- homeless children;
- emergency housing;
- transitional housing;
- parent–child relationship;
- child maltreatment;
- homeless shelter
Recent national reports suggest that nearly 1,000,000 families with children experience homelessness and that this number is rising (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2009; U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2010; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2011). Families experiencing homelessness are disproportionately more likely to have experienced economic, health, and social risk factors. These experiences can adversely influence the parent–child relationship. The purpose of this article is to (a) review the literature on the determinants and contextual issues of parenting in shelters; (b) describe specific programs that are focused on positive parenting in the context of homelessness; and (c) provide practice, research, and policy recommendations for supporting positive parenting among families living without homes.