The Psychosocial Context of Homeless Mothers with Young Children: Program and Policy Implications

Dail, Paula W.
July 1990
Child Welfare;Jul/Aug90, Vol. 69 Issue 4, p291
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study exploring the psychosocial difficulties faced by homeless mothers with young children. The total sample of 124 homeless black and white women living in homeless shelters in various urban areas in the southeastern U.S. were asked to respond yes or no to the questions designed to measure various variables including impulse control, emotional tonality, social relationships, morality, goal orientation, coping, psychopathology and social adjustment. The study revealed that the most common psychosocial difficulties faced by the homeless women included domestic violence, joblessness, drug abuse, emotional problems, concern about their child's education and health.


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