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Being homeless and the use and nonuse of services: A qualitative study

Ogden, J and Avades, T (2011) Being homeless and the use and nonuse of services: A qualitative study Journal of Community Psychology, 39 (4). pp. 499-505.

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Abstract

Eight homeless people were interviewed about their experiences of health and social services. Three themes emerged: responsibility, identity, and feeling trapped. Although some felt they were responsible for their own situation and avoided help, most turned to formal channels for help, but professionals were often seen as offering unwanted labels and as being rule bound. In contrast, peers were considered more understanding but colluded with their problems. Participants also expressed feeling trapped within the homeless system. Therefore, by locating responsibility for change with others, they were left feeling stigmatized, but by turning to their peers, their situation remained the same.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Ogden, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Avades, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : May 2011
Identification Number : 10.1002/jcop.20433
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Ogden J, Avades T. Being homeless and the use and nonuse of services: A qualitative study. Journal of Community Psychology 39(4):499-505, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcop.20433
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 May 2014 08:32
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/27632

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