The Needs and Challenges of Homeless Families With Children as Perceived by Homeless-Serving Agencies

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160007
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Presentation
Title:
The Needs and Challenges of Homeless Families With Children as Perceived by Homeless-Serving Agencies
Abstract:
The Needs and Challenges of Homeless Families With Children as Perceived by Homeless-Serving Agencies
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2007
Author:Wheeler, Corinne, PhD, RN, PNP
P.I. Institution Name:Indiana University
Contact Address:Environments for Health - NU 460, 1111 Middle Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46216, USA
Perceptions are based upon one's own life experience, ideas, values and beliefs; these also influence the development of public policy. Policy making is a complex and dynamic process which is directly related to how people define problems and create possible solutions. The problem of homelessness is a national dilemma with families representing its fastest-growing segment. Literature acknowledges that homelessness places children at greater risk for poorer health status, limited health-care access, and reduced educational performance. However, federal policies focus on chronic homelessness; whereby most homeless families or children are excluded from federally funded services. This qualitative study describes the needs and challenges of homeless families with children as perceived by homeless-serving agencies. The sample included thirteen individuals of director-level status who were working in a homeless-serving or homeless-planning agency in a Midwestern city. Face-to-face interviews were conducted, audio-taped and transcribed. Data were organized using a modified constant comparative approach. Categories were composed bringing similar ideas (codes) together; which were examined further for relationships and themes. The following five themes emerged from the analysis. Woman Alone emerged as a theme whereby women were described as having unique difficulties not faced by their male counterparts. The second theme, Woman as Mother became apparent as disruption in family functioning around the experience of homelessness was described. Children Pay the Price emerged as a third theme, with participants believing that negative experiences associated with homelessness in childhood can influence health, attitudes and achievements throughout a child's life. The fourth theme, Caring for Families emerged with categories reflecting challenges and frustrations for service agencies. And, the fifth theme, Getting a Community on Board referenced issues of community engagement around the implementation of a local plan to end homelessness. Results from this study provide a better understanding of how local leaders in homeless-serving agencies view and prioritize the needs of homeless families with children. These findings help to enlightened public policy initiatives.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Needs and Challenges of Homeless Families With Children as Perceived by Homeless-Serving Agenciesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160007-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Needs and Challenges of Homeless Families With Children as Perceived by Homeless-Serving Agencies</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wheeler, Corinne, PhD, RN, PNP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Indiana University</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Environments for Health - NU 460, 1111 Middle Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46216, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cawheele@iupui.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Perceptions are based upon one's own life experience, ideas, values and beliefs; these also influence the development of public policy. Policy making is a complex and dynamic process which is directly related to how people define problems and create possible solutions. The problem of homelessness is a national dilemma with families representing its fastest-growing segment. Literature acknowledges that homelessness places children at greater risk for poorer health status, limited health-care access, and reduced educational performance. However, federal policies focus on chronic homelessness; whereby most homeless families or children are excluded from federally funded services. This qualitative study describes the needs and challenges of homeless families with children as perceived by homeless-serving agencies. The sample included thirteen individuals of director-level status who were working in a homeless-serving or homeless-planning agency in a Midwestern city. Face-to-face interviews were conducted, audio-taped and transcribed. Data were organized using a modified constant comparative approach. Categories were composed bringing similar ideas (codes) together; which were examined further for relationships and themes. The following five themes emerged from the analysis. Woman Alone emerged as a theme whereby women were described as having unique difficulties not faced by their male counterparts. The second theme, Woman as Mother became apparent as disruption in family functioning around the experience of homelessness was described. Children Pay the Price emerged as a third theme, with participants believing that negative experiences associated with homelessness in childhood can influence health, attitudes and achievements throughout a child's life. The fourth theme, Caring for Families emerged with categories reflecting challenges and frustrations for service agencies. And, the fifth theme, Getting a Community on Board referenced issues of community engagement around the implementation of a local plan to end homelessness. Results from this study provide a better understanding of how local leaders in homeless-serving agencies view and prioritize the needs of homeless families with children. These findings help to enlightened public policy initiatives.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:32:20Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:32:20Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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