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Dangerous Places: Exposure to Violence and Its Mental Health Consequences for the Homeless
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The association between exposure to violence and symptoms of mental health problems among 161 homeless adults (mean age 37 yrs) in a mid-sized Southern metropolitan area was examined. They were interviewed to gather data on variables such as demographic characteristics, life events, psychological and social resources, and mental health status, as well as exposure to violence as victim or witness. Results indicated a significant relationship between witnessing violence and the reporting of mental health symptoms; no relationship was found between criminal victimization and symptom reporting. Implications for clinical practice and social policy are discussed. (Authors)
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