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A qualitative study of a maintenance support program for women at risk of homelessness: Part 1: Personal Factors


McMaster, R and Lopez, V and Kornhaber, R and Cleary, M, A qualitative study of a maintenance support program for women at risk of homelessness: Part 1: Personal Factors, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38, (6) pp. 500-505. ISSN 0161-2840 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1292570


In this article, a qualitative study of homeless women and their experiences attending a Maintenance Support Programme (MSP) is discussed. The overarching theme that emerged from the study of women in the MSP was 'A life-changing event: I have the power to change'. The article focuses on the first of the sub-themes: personal factors including: (a) health status, (b) beliefs and attitudes, (c) knowledge, and (d) life and interpersonal skills. Findings demonstrate the influence that these factors have on the capacity of homeless women to change their lives. The MSP was instrumental in supporting these women to manage personal issues, by assisting with accessing health and social services, and developing life skills and achieving life goals. Understanding the homeless women's experiences may inform the development of future programmes and services in order to support and empower them to break the cycle of homelessness and help them to lead meaningful lives within society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:qualitative, women, homelessness
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:McMaster, R (Professor Rose McMaster)
UTAS Author:Kornhaber, R (Dr Rachel Kornhaber)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:117393
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-06-13
Last Modified:2019-09-20

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