Title

Understanding Homelessness, Mental Health and Substance Abuse through a Mixed Methods Longitudinal Approach

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2013

Publication Source

Health Sociology Review

Volume

22

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

389-399

DOI

10.5172/hesr.2013.22.4.389

ISBN/ISSN

1446-1242

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This manuscript outlines the multiple methods utilized in a long-term follow-up of a non-traditional population: Homeless substance abusers in New Orleans. This article addresses qualitative mental health research by outlining steps taken to explore both qualitative and quantitative data sources. By way of qualitative and quantitative methods, this research examines the life course of a sample of New Orleans homeless substance abusers from the time they entered into treatment (1991) until the present and observes the quality of their social bonds and their long-term outcomes. By making use of mixed methods, this research gives a more thorough understanding of mental health, specifically examined through homelessness and substance abuse

Keywords

health, homelessness, mental health, poverty, sociology, substance abuse

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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