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dc.contributor.authorJorden, Brenda J.
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-20T19:54:30Z
dc.date.available2018-08-20T19:54:30Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/8180
dc.descriptionUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. Social Work. Ph.D. 2018en_US
dc.description.abstractVeterans are overrepresented in homeless populations compared to non-veterans (Gamache, Rosenheck, & Tessler, 2001; Perl, 2015). Most homeless individuals live in urban centers and as a result most research studies have focused on urban homelessness leaving the rural homeless less studied and understood (Knopf-Amelung, 2013). The purpose of the current qualitative study was to explore the pathways to homelessness for a sample of rural homeless veterans. Fifteen veterans and 16 staff/administrators were interviewed to determine the causes of homelessness for veterans living in a rural area. A limited grounded theory approach was used to develop themes identified as causing homelessness. The primary pathway according to both groups was chronic substance abuse. Mental health and economic problems, and adverse childhood events were also major factors in veterans experiencing homelessness. Social support appeared to delay the onset of homelessness for some individuals. Not all veterans qualify for VA services, which leaves a segment of the population without access to VA services. Overcoming barriers to substance abuse and mental health services for rural homeless veterans is an area to focus research efforts. Creative ways to provide outreach to the hidden homeless are needed.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subject.lcshHomelessnessen_US
dc.subject.lcshQualitative researchen_US
dc.subject.lcshRural homeless personsen_US
dc.subject.lcshVeteransen_US
dc.titleRural Veterans: Pathways to Homelessnessen_US
dc.typedissertationen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBelcher, John R.en_US
dc.contributor.advisorDeForge, Bruce R.en_US
dc.description.urinameFull Texten_US
refterms.dateFOA2019-02-19T18:37:27Z


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