Enhancing well-being of homeless individuals by building group membership

Johnstone, Melissa, Jetten, Jolanda, Dingle, Genevieve A., Parsell, Cameron and Walter, Zoe (2016) Enhancing well-being of homeless individuals by building group membership. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 26 5: 421-438. doi:10.1002/casp.2272

Author Johnstone, Melissa
Jetten, Jolanda
Dingle, Genevieve A.
Parsell, Cameron
Walter, Zoe
Title Enhancing well-being of homeless individuals by building group membership
Journal name Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-1298
Publication date 2016-04-19
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/casp.2272
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 26
Issue 5
Start page 421
End page 438
Total pages 18
Place of publication hichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract There is growing recognition that social isolation and a lack of connectedness with social groups is one of the reasons why the subjective well-being of homeless individuals is generally worse than the rest of the population. Past research amongst a range of populations suggests that the ability of an individual to take on new group memberships and/or their ability to maintain their memberships in meaningful groups is an important predictor of well-being. In a mixed method study (N=119), we examined the extent to which experiences at homeless accommodation form building blocks for the formation of multiple group memberships and to what extent this predicts positive well-being. Qualitative analysis reveals the importance of feeling connected to the homeless service and supported by homeless accommodation staff. Linking these data to quantitative data from a second wave, we found that these experiences predicted well-being. These findings provide further support for a strength-based approach to homelessness, by providing insights into the ways that experiences at homeless accommodation can contribute to the development of multiple group memberships (i.e. social capital), and enhance the well-being of those experiencing, and exiting, homelessness.
Keyword Homelessness
Multiple identities
Social capital
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID LP110200437
Institutional Status UQ

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