Discrimination and well-being amongst the homeless: the role of multiple group membership

Johnstone, Melissa, Jetten, Jolanda, Dingle, Genevieve A., Parsell, Cameron and Walter, Zoe C. (2015) Discrimination and well-being amongst the homeless: the role of multiple group membership. Frontiers in Psychology, 6 739: 1-9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00739

Author Johnstone, Melissa
Jetten, Jolanda
Dingle, Genevieve A.
Parsell, Cameron
Walter, Zoe C.
Title Discrimination and well-being amongst the homeless: the role of multiple group membership
Journal name Frontiers in Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1664-1078
Publication date 2015-06-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00739
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 739
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publisher Frontiers Research Foundation
Language eng
Abstract The homeless are a vulnerable population in many respects. Those experiencing homelessness not only experience personal and economic hardship they also frequently face discrimination and exclusion because of their housing status. Although past research has shown that identifying with multiple groups can buffer against the negative consequences of discrimination on well-being, it remains to be seen whether such strategies protect well-being of people who are homeless. We investigate this issue in a longitudinal study of 119 individuals who were homeless. The results showed that perceived group-based discrimination at T1 was associated with fewer group memberships, and lower subsequent well-being at T2. There was no relationship between personal discrimination at T1 on multiple group memberships at T2. The findings suggest that the experience of group-based discrimination may hinder connecting with groups in the broader social world — groups that could potentially protect the individual against the negative impact of homelessness and discrimination.
Keyword Homeless
Multiple group membership
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP110200437
Institutional Status UQ

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