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The causes of homelessness in later life: Findings from a 3-nation study


Crane, M and Byrne, K and Fu, R and Lipmann, B and Mirabelli, F and Rota-Bartelink, A and Ryan, M and Shea, R and Watt, H and Warnes, AM, The causes of homelessness in later life: Findings from a 3-nation study, Journals of Gerontology. Series B, 60B, (3) pp. S152-S159. ISSN 1079-5014 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright (2005) by The Gerontological Society of America.

DOI: doi:10.1093/geronb/60.3.S152


Objectives. This article presents findings from a study of the causes of homelessness among newly homeless older people in selected urban areas of the United States, England, and Australia.

Methods. Interviews were conducted in each country with ≥122 older people who had become homeless during the last 2 years. Information was also collected from the subjects' key workers about the circumstances and problems that contributed to homelessness.

Results. Two-thirds of the subjects had never been homeless before. Antecedent causes were the accommodation was sold or needed repair, rent arrears, death of a close relative, relationship breakdown, and disputes with other tenants and neighbors. Contributory factors were physical and mental health problems, alcohol abuse, and gambling problems.

Discussion. Most subjects became homeless through a combination of personal problems and incapacities, welfare policy gaps, and service delivery deficiencies. Whereas there are nation-specific variations, across the three countries, the principal causes and their interactions are similar.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:homelessness, causes, older people
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Bioethics
UTAS Author:Rota-Bartelink, A (Dr Alice Rota-Bartelink)
ID Code:151374
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:97
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2022-07-28
Last Modified:2022-08-09

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