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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157520
Type:
Presentation
Title:
THE OLDER HOMELESS WOMAN'S PERSPECTIVE REGARDING ANTECEDENTS TO HOMELESSNESS
Abstract:
THE OLDER HOMELESS WOMAN'S PERSPECTIVE REGARDING ANTECEDENTS TO HOMELESSNESS
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2010
Author:Hightower, Judy S., PhD, M.Ed, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Education Affiliates, Fortis College-Phoenix
Title:Director of Nursing
Contact Address:555 North 18th Street Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ, 85006, USA
RESEARCH PURPOSE The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe the older homeless womanÆs perspective of antecedents to homelessness and answer the research questions: 1) what was your life like before you became homeless and 2) what do you believe the cause of homelessness was for you?
CONCEPTUAL BASIS: Feminist theory is an interpretive perspective and one of the goals of feminist inquiry is to start research from the lives of women. This study was conducted to explore and capture the complexities of the experience for older women. The philosophical viewpoint influencing the development of this study therefore was feminism and feminist theory and more specifically, elements of feminist standpoint theory.
METHOD: Qualitative description is an approach tailored to acquiring direct answers to significant research questions with minimal theoretical constraints and interpretation. Considering the research population and paucity of research available, any other methodology would have been impractical for this study because the experience of homelessness for older homeless women has not been fully conceptualized by previous research. Data analysis, using qualitative content analysis techniques, identified three themes which described antecedents to homelessness.
RESULTS: Extraction of antecedents to homelessness from the interview text revealed 121 meaning units. After comparing codes, six categories and 36 subcategories were identified from the data. The categories were: 1) Personal Choices, 2) Self-belief, 3) Health, 4) Financial, 5) Inadequate Family Cohesion and 6) Relationships. Three major themes were created from the categories: 1) Personal Accountability, 2) Difficult Life Circumstances and 3) Lack of Support Networks. All themes were interrelated and offered a perspective regarding the steady progression into homelessness for older women. Themes Difficult Life Circumstances and Lack of Social Networks reflected previously documented findings, however, the theme Personal Accountability revealed antecedents not expressed before in the literature.
IMPLICATIONS: The experience of homelessness is unique and the path varies from person to person. To design appropriate interventions to prevent homelessness, nurses should have an understanding of antecedents to homelessness from the older womanÆs perspective. This studies significance will be its contribution to the body of nursing knowledge through exploration and description of information regarding antecedents to homelessness and lays the groundwork for the design of appropriate interventions and future research.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTHE OLDER HOMELESS WOMAN'S PERSPECTIVE REGARDING ANTECEDENTS TO HOMELESSNESSen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157520-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">THE OLDER HOMELESS WOMAN'S PERSPECTIVE REGARDING ANTECEDENTS TO HOMELESSNESS</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hightower, Judy S., PhD, M.Ed, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Education Affiliates, Fortis College-Phoenix</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Director of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">555 North 18th Street Suite 110, Phoenix, AZ, 85006, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jhightower@edaff.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">RESEARCH PURPOSE The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe the older homeless woman&AElig;s perspective of antecedents to homelessness and answer the research questions: 1) what was your life like before you became homeless and 2) what do you believe the cause of homelessness was for you? <br/> CONCEPTUAL BASIS: Feminist theory is an interpretive perspective and one of the goals of feminist inquiry is to start research from the lives of women. This study was conducted to explore and capture the complexities of the experience for older women. The philosophical viewpoint influencing the development of this study therefore was feminism and feminist theory and more specifically, elements of feminist standpoint theory. <br/> METHOD: Qualitative description is an approach tailored to acquiring direct answers to significant research questions with minimal theoretical constraints and interpretation. Considering the research population and paucity of research available, any other methodology would have been impractical for this study because the experience of homelessness for older homeless women has not been fully conceptualized by previous research. Data analysis, using qualitative content analysis techniques, identified three themes which described antecedents to homelessness. <br/> RESULTS: Extraction of antecedents to homelessness from the interview text revealed 121 meaning units. After comparing codes, six categories and 36 subcategories were identified from the data. The categories were: 1) Personal Choices, 2) Self-belief, 3) Health, 4) Financial, 5) Inadequate Family Cohesion and 6) Relationships. Three major themes were created from the categories: 1) Personal Accountability, 2) Difficult Life Circumstances and 3) Lack of Support Networks. All themes were interrelated and offered a perspective regarding the steady progression into homelessness for older women. Themes Difficult Life Circumstances and Lack of Social Networks reflected previously documented findings, however, the theme Personal Accountability revealed antecedents not expressed before in the literature. <br/> IMPLICATIONS: The experience of homelessness is unique and the path varies from person to person. To design appropriate interventions to prevent homelessness, nurses should have an understanding of antecedents to homelessness from the older woman&AElig;s perspective. This studies significance will be its contribution to the body of nursing knowledge through exploration and description of information regarding antecedents to homelessness and lays the groundwork for the design of appropriate interventions and future research.<br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:56:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:56:52Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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