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A qualitative study of a maintenance support program for women at risk of homelessness: Part 1: Personal factors

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posted on 22.11.2021, 01:06 by Rose McMaster, Violeta Lopez, Rachel Kornhaber, Michelle ClearyMichelle Cleary
In this article, a qualitative study of homeless women and their experiences attending a Maintenance Support Programme (MSP) is discussed. The overarching theme that emerged from the study of women in the MSP was ‘A life-changing event: I have the power to change’. The article focuses on the first of the sub-themes: personal factors including: (a) health status, (b) beliefs and attitudes, (c) knowledge, and (d) life and interpersonal skills. Findings demonstrate the influence that these factors have on the capacity of homeless women to change their lives. The MSP was instrumental in supporting these women to manage personal issues, by assisting with accessing health and social services, and developing life skills and achieving life goals. Understanding the homeless women's experiences may inform the development of future programmes and services in order to support and empower them to break the cycle of homelessness and help them to lead meaningful lives within society.

History

Volume

38

Issue

6

Start Page

500

End Page

505

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

1096-4673

ISSN

0161-2840

Location

England

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

University of Tasmania; National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Era Eligible

Yes

Medium

Print-Electronic

Journal

Issues in Mental Health Nursing