Breaking the cycle of homelessness: Housing stability and social support as predictors of long-term well-being

Johnstone, Melissa, Parsell, Cameron, Jetten, Jolanda, Dingle, Genevieve and Walter, Zoe (2015) Breaking the cycle of homelessness: Housing stability and social support as predictors of long-term well-being. Housing Studies, 31 4: 1-17. doi:10.1080/02673037.2015.1092504


Author Johnstone, Melissa
Parsell, Cameron
Jetten, Jolanda
Dingle, Genevieve
Walter, Zoe
Title Breaking the cycle of homelessness: Housing stability and social support as predictors of long-term well-being
Journal name Housing Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0267-3037
1466-1810
Publication date 2015-11-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02673037.2015.1092504
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
It is increasingly acknowledged that homelessness involves more than just being without a house. Indeed, more recent definitions of what constitutes a home highlight the role of social connections and support (including, for example, access to space to engage in social relations). This study examined the role of secure housing and social support as predictors of psychological well-being of individuals following a period of homelessness. Using linear mixed models for longitudinal data, we investigated how changes in social support predicted changes in individuals’ self-reported personal well-being, life satisfaction and mood following a period of homelessness (n = 119), controlling for housing status, alcohol use and employment status. The results showed that remaining homeless predicted poorer personal well-being, life satisfaction and mood. In addition, changes in social support predicted well-being over and above housing stability. Implications of findings for policy and practice in the homeless sector are discussed.
Keyword Homelessness
Housing policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2016 Collection
School of Psychology Publications
 
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