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Homeless Women

Beyond the Bag Lady Myth
  • Esther S. Merves
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)


Women constitute one of the fastest growing groups among the homeless persons in the United States, but their existence, needs, and concerns have rarely been an object of investigation. Historically their very existence on skid rows was denied. Today, although their presence among the homeless has grown, little attention is devoted to them because they are less numerous than homeless men, their needs are thought to be less great, and their worthiness as service recipients is questionable.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esther S. Merves
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyKenyon CollegeGambierUSA

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