Homelessness pp 199-211 | Cite as

Gender, Racial, and Age Variations among Homeless Persons

  • Dee Roth
  • Beverly G. Toomey
  • Richard J. First
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


The discovery of homelessness as the social problem of our times has spawned a number of important studies of homeless people, some more empirical than others. Most of these works are based on small- to medium-sized samples, which thus prohibit much descriptive analysis of subpopulations within the methodological parameters of the same sample, the same instrumentation, and, most important, the same definition of homelessness. The Ohio Study, which included 979 interviews with homeless people, provides an opportunity for such analysis. Although no study of homeless people to date can claim a truly generalizable sample procedure, this study provides one of the most representative because of its broad definition and its comprehensive sampling design. The research included a wide range of types of homeless people; the size of the sample was large enough to conduct meaningful comparisons of subgroups.


Behavioral Disturbance Homeless People Physical Health Problem Battered Woman Homeless Person 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dee Roth
    • 1
  • Beverly G. Toomey
    • 2
  • Richard J. First
    • 2
  1. 1.Ohio Department of Mental HealthOffice of Program Evaluation and ResearchColumbusUSA
  2. 2.College of Social WorkOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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