When are Support Systems Support Systems: A Study of Skid Row

  • Steven E. Hobfoll
  • Dennis Kelso
  • W. Jack Peterson


It has been clearly demonstrated that health disorders, as well as social disorders are, in part, a function of stressful life events. (Dohrenwend and Dohrenwend, 1974). The magnitude of the resultant disorders, however, may well vary or be moderated by the social-environmental conditions in which the individual lives (Dohrenwend, 1973; Myers, Lindenthal, Pepper, 1974; Nuckolls, Cassel, and Kaplan, 1972) as well as by personal characteristics of the individual (Antonovsky, 1979; Murphy, 1974).


Social Network Stressful Life Event Community Psychology Successful Coping Professional Contact 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven E. Hobfoll
    • 1
  • Dennis Kelso
    • 2
  • W. Jack Peterson
    • 3
  1. 1.Ben Gurion University of the NegevBeershevaIsrael
  2. 2.Altam AssociatesUSA
  3. 3.University of AlaskaAnchorageUSA

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