Homelessness and Mental Health

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As homelessness becomes an increasingly serious issue, the mental health of homeless people is beginning to appear on the agendas of politicians and policy makers, as well as health care workers. In contrast to the popular "Skid Row" stereotype that the word "homeless" tends to trigger, many are in fact families and young single people. The health needs of these different kinds of people are, of course, varied. This volume brings together the experiences of mental health teams from around the world in addressing the problems of mental illness in the homeless. The difficulties in assessment and treatment are discussed at length with an emphasis on the application of existing knowledge in health care. By addressing social policy implications and clinical management as well as providing models and definitions of homelessness in different cultures, this book will offer practical support for all those who work with the homeless.

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"I believe that this is an exceptionally interesting and useful book." William F. Forbes, PhD, DSc, Canadian Journal of Public Health

"The comprehensive nature of the research review makes this book a good resource for anyone seeking a base knowledge about homlessness." Victoria L. Banyard, Contemporary Psychology

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; Part I. Introduction and Special Groups: 1. Introduction Dinesh Bhugra; 2. Homelessness and mental illness: a brief history Philip Timms; 3. Models of homelessness Alan McNaught and Dinesh Bhugra; 4. Young homeless and homeless families: a review Dinesh Bhugra; 5. Homeless women E. Jane Marshall; 6. Homelessness and criminality Philip Joseph; Part II. Services: 7. Services for the mentally ill homeless E. Jane Marshall and Dinesh Bhugra: 8. Clinical work with homeless people in the USA William R. Breakey; 9. The severely mentally ill in hostels for the homeless Max Marshall; 10. Old and homeless in London and New York City: a cross-national comparison Carl I. Cohen and Maureen Crane; 11. Primary health care of the single homeless David El-Kabir and Simon Ramsden; Part III. International Perspective: 12. European perspectives Max Marshall, Preben Brandt, Povl Munk-Jørgensen, Wulf Rössler, Hans Joachim Salize and Joseph Fernandez; 13. Lessons from America: semantics and services for mentally ill homeless individuals Leona L. Bachrach; 14. Homelessness and mental health: lessons from Australia Helen Herrman and Cecily Neil; Part IV. Policy and Evaluation: 15. Implications of social policy David Kingdon; 16. Evaluating services for homeless people with mental disorders: theoretical and practical issues Max Marshall; 17. Future directions for homeless mentally ill Dinesh Bhugra; Index.

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