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Homelessness and Mental Health


  • 5 b/w illus. 15 tables
  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.52 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521037730)

As homelessness becomes an increasingly visible problem, the health care of homeless people is beginning to appear on the agenda of politicians, health care workers, and policy makers. In contrast with the popular stereotype of elderly alcoholic males or bag ladies which the word homeless tends to trigger, homelessness affects families as well as young single people. The health needs of these various groups are not homogeneous. This book brings together the experience of mental health care teams around the world in addressing the problems of mental illness in the homeless. The difficulties in assessment and service delivery are discussed at length with an emphasis on application of existing knowledge in health care. In addressing social policy implications as well as clinical management, models, and definitions of homelessness in different cultures, this volume will offer a practical support for all those working with the homeless on a day-to-day basis.

• Highly topical including the needs of special groups such as women, the elderly and the young • Written by acknowledged international experts • Offers a synthesis of evidence-based procedures and research along with practical suggestions


List of contributors; Preface; Part I. Introduction and Special Groups: 1. Introduction Dinesh Bhugra; 2. Homelessness and mental illness: a brief history Philip Timms; 3. Models of homelessness Alan McNaught and Dinesh Bhugra; 4. Young homeless and homeless families: a review Dinesh Bhugra; 5. Homeless women E. Jane Marshall; 6. Homelessness and criminality Philip Joseph; Part II. Services: 7. Services for the mentally ill homeless E. Jane Marshall and Dinesh Bhugra: 8. Clinical work with homeless people in the USA William R. Breakey; 9. The severely mentally ill in hostels for the homeless Max Marshall; 10. Old and homeless in London and New York City: a cross-national comparison Carl I. Cohen and Maureen Crane; 11. Primary health care of the single homeless David El-Kabir and Simon Ramsden; Part III. International Perspective: 12. European perspectives Max Marshall, Preben Brandt, Povl Munk-Jørgensen, Wulf Rössler, Hans Joachim Salize and Joseph Fernandez; 13. Lessons from America: semantics and services for mentally ill homeless individuals Leona L. Bachrach; 14. Homelessness and mental health: lessons from Australia Helen Herrman and Cecily Neil; Part IV. Policy and Evaluation: 15. Implications of social policy David Kingdon; 16. Evaluating services for homeless people with mental disorders: theoretical and practical issues Max Marshall; 17. Future directions for homeless mentally ill Dinesh Bhugra; Index.


'As a source of ideas and knowledge, and as a practical guide for those dealing with the homeless, this volume has no parallel … this is no mere collection of chapters. It is a well-organized, well-edited book on a major single theme, and in this role it will, I suspect, come to be seen as a publication that brings this important subject into the prominence it deserves.' Olwen McGregor, Behaviour Research and Therapy


Dinesh Bhugra, Philip Timms, Alan McNaught, E. Jane Marshall, Philip Joseph, William R. Breakey, Max Marshall, Carl I. Cohen, Maureen Crane, David El-Kabir, Simon Ramsden, Preben Brandt, Povl Munk-Jørgensen, Wulf Rössler, Hans Joachim Salize, Joseph Fernandez, Leona L. Bachrach, Helen Herrman, Cecily Neil, David Kingdon

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