ERIC Number: ED447954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Homelessness on Families. Research Report Series.
Hall, Stuart; Powney, Janet; Davidson, Paula
This study investigated the impact of homelessness on the health of parents and the health and education of their children living in East Lothian, Scotland, and was carried out over a 6-month period from December 1999. In-depth interviews were conducted with 19 parents and children who were currently experiencing or who had experienced homelessness. Interviews were also conducted with 22 representatives from relevant statutory and voluntary sector agencies. The findings revealed that homelessness often represented a culmination of several problems, such as financial debt and relationship difficulties. Experience of homeless accommodation varied, with temporary bed and breakfast accommodation especially associated with increased stress and isolation. The longer families spent in temporary accommodation the more negative they became about their homeless experiences. Most parent and professional interviewees recognized that homelessness could profoundly affect children's health and education. Parents highlighted a need for more written information and more frequent contact with housing officials. Professionals often stressed a need for more joint work between agencies; a number suggested that a greater emphasis should be placed in developing preventive and early intervention strategies focusing on the actual needs of families. (Three appendices include guidance for homeless applicants, information on parent, child, and professional informants, and a list of the steering group members.) (KB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Attendance, Change Strategies, Child Health, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Family (Sociological Unit), Foreign Countries, Health, Homeless People, Parent Attitudes, Parents, Public Policy, Social Problems, Social Services, Social Support Groups, Social Workers, Student Adjustment, Well Being
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)