Jennifer: A Young Homeless Woman Who has Borderline Personality Disorder

  • James W. Drisko
  • Melissa D. Grady
Part of the Essential Clinical Social Work Series book series (ECSWS)


Jennifer is a 23-year-old white female. She was referred for mental health services by a staff member at a community homeless shelter. They arrived together, with the staffer doing most of the talking initially. Jennifer had been involved in several verbal and physical altercations with other residents at the shelter, and was finally asked not to return. Jennifer has no job or income, and no family or friends to ask for help. A recent boyfriend “kicked her out” a few weeks ago, and then left the area. He did not return texts or calls friends made on Jennifer’s behalf. She has resided at the local shelter since his departure, and has now lost her chance to stay at the shelter.


Suicidal Ideation Borderline Personality Disorder Personality Disorder Assertive Community Treatment Dialectical Behavior Therapy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New york 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Drisko
    • 1
  • Melissa D. Grady
    • 2
  1. 1.Smith College School for Social WorkNorthamptonUSA
  2. 2.Catholic University of America School of Social ServiceWashingtonUSA

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