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Health Problems of Sheltered Homeless Women and Their Dependent Children
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This article introduces an analytic framework that classifies the types of health problems that emerge among homeless women and their dependent children residing in the shelter system. The framework covers three categories of health problems: illnesses coincident with homelessness; those exacerbated by limited health care access; and those associated with the psychosocial burdens of homelessness. The author also discusses the failures of the current structure of health care reimbursement and the deficiencies of service delivery to homeless families. The author contends that the analytic framework conceptualizes the interrelationship between health and poverty and can be used as an instrument for informed social work intervention, advocacy, training, and research activities (author).
Health and Social Work 19(2): 125-131, 1994.
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