Presented by Dr Ian Thomas (ADR Wales)
People who are homeless can sometimes have other adverse life experiences, such as being in care or periods of mental ill-health. In this seminar I provide an overview of international studies that have looked at the combination of adverse experiences among homeless people. I then report on new findings from a study using statistical analysis (Latent Class Analysis) applied to survey data, which identified four unique patterns of adverse experiences among single homeless people in Great Britain.
Drawing on these findings, I reflect on the adequacy of current support for homeless people, and the need to develop new approaches. By accounting for patterns of adverse experiences, more effective ‘person-centered’ support can be designed—facilitating exits from homelessness and stable housing outcomes.
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