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Homelessness

A National Perspective
  • Marjorie J. Robertson
  • Milton Greenblatt
Part of the Topics in Social Psychiatry book series (TSPS)

Abstract

The 1980s and early 1990s in the United States have been characterized by multiple political and socioeconomic changes that have contributed to the “social construction of homelessness”1 These factors include recessions, a shift in the labor market from industry to services, reduced social welfare and educational programs, and consequent increase in the size of poverty populations.2 A marked reduction in low-cost housing and deinstitutionalization of state and county mental hospitals have also contributed significantly to the problem.2 However, research in the past decade has focused more on the individual who is homeless rather than on public policies, social and economic factors, and service delivery systems.

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Mental Health Problem Severe Mental Illness Affordable Housing Homeless Person Homeless Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marjorie J. Robertson
    • 1
  • Milton Greenblatt
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Medical Research Institute of San Francisco, Institute of Epidemiology and Behavioral MedicineAlcohol Research GroupBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and San Fernando Valley Program in PsychiatryUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryOlive View Medical CenterSylmarUSA

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