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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308019
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Connections in Transition: A Pilot Study
Author(s):
White, Angela
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Theta
Author Details:
Angela White, RN, MSN, angdeele@ufl.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Purpose: Homelessness presents complex challenges for the individuals who are faced with it and the communities who try to find ways to address it. Indicators point to a mushrooming homeless problem for many suburban communities. Understanding how the homeless utilize resources and make connections would provide the homeless and these communities valuable information. This is a pilot study the purpose of this study is to begin the groundwork of investigating the connections that develop as a homeless person transitions through the housing continuum in suburban communities.

Aims:

  1. Identify sources of support of those who are in different stages of homelessness in a suburban area.
  2. Assess acceptability and feasibility of data collection procedures for future investigations of homeless social networks.

Method: This is a pilot descriptive study. The researcher met with homeless participants living in a suburban area of North Florida using a network-styled questionnaire that requested participants to free list the persons and organizations that had provided support in the past 12 months.

Results: Participants (N = 5) fell into four categories: newly homeless, stable homeless, newly housed, and stable housed. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) were reported as the primary source of support for all categories of homelessness with FBOs being utilized more heavily in the first phases of homelessness and increasingly less as a person became stably housed. The same pattern was seen with the new homeless relying more heavily on other homeless with a shift to family support as a person moved up the housing continuum. Of all the categories the newly housed utilized the greatest quantity of supports. This suggests that connections do change as a person moves through the homeless continuum. The questionnaire was well received by all participants. Future research should examine what it at stake in these connections and optimize the healthy ones.

Keywords:
Homelessness; Social Networks; Community Health
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleConnections in Transition: A Pilot Studyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWhite, Angelaen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Thetaen_GB
dc.author.detailsAngela White, RN, MSN, angdeele@ufl.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308019-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p><b>Purpose:</b> Homelessness presents complex challenges for the individuals who are faced with it and the communities who try to find ways to address it. Indicators point to a mushrooming homeless problem for many suburban communities. Understanding how the homeless utilize resources and make connections would provide the homeless and these communities valuable information. This is a pilot study the purpose of this study is to begin the groundwork of investigating the connections that develop as a homeless person transitions through the housing continuum in suburban communities. <p><b>Aims: </b> <ol> <li>Identify sources of support of those who are in different stages of homelessness in a suburban area.</li> <li>Assess acceptability and feasibility of data collection procedures for future investigations of homeless social networks.</li> </ol><p><b>Method: </b>This is a pilot descriptive study. The researcher met with homeless participants living in a suburban area of North Florida using a network-styled questionnaire that requested participants to free list the persons and organizations that had provided support in the past 12 months. <p><b>Results:</b> Participants (N = 5) fell into four categories: newly homeless, stable homeless, newly housed, and stable housed. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) were reported as the primary source of support for all categories of homelessness with FBOs being utilized more heavily in the first phases of homelessness and increasingly less as a person became stably housed. The same pattern was seen with the new homeless relying more heavily on other homeless with a shift to family support as a person moved up the housing continuum. Of all the categories the newly housed utilized the greatest quantity of supports. This suggests that connections<ins cite="mailto:Angela%20White" datetime="2013-01-30T08:27"> </ins>do change as a person moves through the homeless continuum. The questionnaire was well received by all participants. Future research should examine what it at stake in these connections and optimize the healthy ones.en_GB
dc.subjectHomelessnessen_GB
dc.subjectSocial Networksen_GB
dc.subjectCommunity Healthen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:25:29Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:25:29Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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