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The health challenges of families experiencing homelessness

The health challenges of families experiencing homelessness The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a scoping review on the health challenges of families experiencing homelessness. There is a bi-directional relationship between health and homelessness in that poor health can increase the risk of housing loss, and experiencing homelessness is bad for one’s health. The experience of homelessness differs between populations and this review focuses on families as one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. While research has been integrated on the causes of homelessness for families, this same integration has not been conducted looking at health challenges of families experiencing homelessness.Design/methodology/approachA scoping review methodology is utilized in the paper. As the goal of this work is to ultimately develop interventions for a Canadian context, primacy is given to Canadian sources, but other relevant literature is also included.FindingsA clear distinction is seen in the literature between health challenges of children of homeless families and health challenges of parents. These themes are explored separately, and preliminary recommendations are made for potential points of intervention as personal, program and policy levels.Originality/valueThis review of current evidence is an important first step in building a foundation for interventions to improve health outcomes for those experiencing housing loss. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Housing, Care and Support Emerald Publishing

The health challenges of families experiencing homelessness

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1460-8790
DOI
10.1108/hcs-12-2018-0036
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a scoping review on the health challenges of families experiencing homelessness. There is a bi-directional relationship between health and homelessness in that poor health can increase the risk of housing loss, and experiencing homelessness is bad for one’s health. The experience of homelessness differs between populations and this review focuses on families as one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. While research has been integrated on the causes of homelessness for families, this same integration has not been conducted looking at health challenges of families experiencing homelessness.Design/methodology/approachA scoping review methodology is utilized in the paper. As the goal of this work is to ultimately develop interventions for a Canadian context, primacy is given to Canadian sources, but other relevant literature is also included.FindingsA clear distinction is seen in the literature between health challenges of children of homeless families and health challenges of parents. These themes are explored separately, and preliminary recommendations are made for potential points of intervention as personal, program and policy levels.Originality/valueThis review of current evidence is an important first step in building a foundation for interventions to improve health outcomes for those experiencing housing loss.

Journal

Housing, Care and SupportEmerald Publishing

Published: May 15, 2019

Keywords: Homelessness; Health; Health challenges; Family homelessness

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