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ERIC Number: ED309891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The New Vagabonds? Homelessness Outside the Megalopolis.
Huff, Dan; Johnson, David
This paper reports results of a survey of 47 homeless adults, interviewed in Ada County, Idaho. Most respondents were male, white, currently single, with no religious preference. The mean number of years of formal education was 11.6. Seventeen percent of the sample were American Indians. Ninety-three percent were unemployed. Twenty-five percent of respondents' income went to purchase alcohol, although almost 40% spent no money on alcohol. One-third reported a physical handicap, one in six had spent time in a mental hospital, almost half had been in a detoxification center, and 75% had served time in jail. Thirty-nine percent reported using illegal drugs, particularly marijuana. Two-thirds of respondents seldom or never see members of their family of origin; most never saw their family of procreation. Compared to studies from larger urban areas, this population was more transient, had a higher unemployment rate, contained a high proportion of American Indians, and had more difficulty with the criminal justice system. This report concludes that this sample of homeless people seems to represent individuals with relatively normal values and backgrounds who have experienced abnormally high emotional stress without social connections or mental stability to help them cope with such stress. This report contains 10 tables and 16 references. (DHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho (Boise)