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A qualitative exploration of women's resilience in the face of homelessness


Phipps, M and Dalton, L and Maxwell, H and Cleary, M, A qualitative exploration of women's resilience in the face of homelessness, Journal of Community Psychology ISSN 0090-4392 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/jcop.22574


The aim of this study was to examine the experiential perspectives of women becoming and experiencing homelessness. Situated in the qualitative interpretative tradition, data were collected using auto‐driven photo‐elicitation and in‐depth face‐to‐face interviews. Eleven Australian women used photographs that represented their experiences of being homeless to guide their interview discussion. The findings revealed that homelessness for women is a period often preceded by a series of adverse incidents in their lives, characterised by progressive resilience building in the face of trauma, finding hope and building strength to work towards exiting homelessness. After becoming homeless, five stages of resilience transition emerged: The trauma of homelessness, Finding hope and surviving, Finding help, Finding connection and Taking control.Women experiencing homelessness are resilient and capable of enacting competence and autonomy in seeking help to exit homelessness. Changes to service delivery are recommended to improve trauma‐informed, person‐ centred housing and social services that are integrated and easy to navigate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:homelessness, photo‐elicitation, qualitative, resilience, strengths, trauma, women
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Phipps, M (Mrs Monique Phipps)
UTAS Author:Dalton, L (Associate Professor Lisa Dalton)
UTAS Author:Maxwell, H (Dr Hazel Maxwell)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:144050
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-04-16
Last Modified:2021-11-23

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