Family, Resilience, Homelessness, And Mental Health Essay

977 Words Jul 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Family Resiliency, Homelessness, and Mental Health Homeless families often present with complex health concerns and social situations that overwhelm the family unit and the ability to function. Homelessness is an over-arching term fraught with substance abuse, poverty, domestic abuse, and mental health issues. These issues reach across the biopsychosocial continuum of health and social issues and contribute to a greater rate of familial clientele with mental health issues. The homeless are often seen living on the fringe of society as vulnerable, without strong social support, or healthcare options. Many associated risk factors are identified with homelessness and may include: family conflict or breakdown, emotional and domestic abuse, substance disorders, refugee status, military background, health defiance, mental health disorders, and poverty. Vostanis, Grattan, and Cumella (1998) sentinel longitudinal study identified homeless families often have the aforementioned risk factors with adverse transitional events that precipitate the homelessness. Many of these risk factors are classified as a toxic stressors that can exacerbate a mental health condition (Council on Community Pediatrics [CCP], 2013). Families with social stability are more likely to recover from homelessness and other risk factors (Brush, Kirk, Gultekin, & Baiardi, 2011).
Background
The number of families who are homeless is difficult to establish because families change locations frequently (Brush et…

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