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ERIC Number: EJ906427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Homeless in God's Country: Coping Strategies and Felt Experiences of the Rural Homeless
Hilton, Timothy; DeJong, Cornell
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v5 n1 p12-30 2010
This study examines coping behaviors and felt experiences of homeless adults in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Data from in-depth interviews with 55 homeless adults reveal 5 general coping pattern groups: shelter users, campers, couch hoppers, mixed users, and circumstantial homeless. Homeless adults within each group experienced similar levels of physical deprivation. Felt experiences, however, including feelings of deprivation and views and attitudes toward life circumstances, varied substantially within each group. Qualitative analysis suggests ecological theory is a helpful framework for characterizing both coping behaviors and felt experiences. Social systems, including family and friends, relationships with social service providers, and communities are important factors in understanding homeless adults' coping behaviors and felt experiences. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan