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Program Outcomes of Dually Diagnosed Homeless Participants in Transitional Housing Programs


2012 2012

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Individuals who experience mental illness and substance abuse are at serious risk for homelessness. Researchers have not demonstrated how face-to-face contacts between dually diagnosed homeless individuals and case managers can impact the participants' length of stay in transitional housing programs. The purpose of this archival, exploratory study was to determine if increases in face-to-face contacts between dually diagnosed homeless participants and case managers can shorten the length of stay in transitional housing programs. The impact of different staffing types (on-site staffing and community-based staffing) within housing programs on length of stay was also examined. The psychotherapeutic theory of the therapeutic alliance served as the theoretical underpinning for this study. The sample included 227 dually diagnosed homeless men and women from 3 transitional housing programs. The data for this study were collected over a 5-year period of admission and discharge forms. Data were analyzed using correlations and regression analyses. Results revealed that an increase in face-to-face contacts with case managers predicted shorter length of stay in transitional housing for dually diagnosed participants. Additional significant relationships between age, gender, diagnoses, face-to-face contacts, length of stay, and program outcome were found. Findings from this study inform social change by demonstrating that community based programs are effective in working with homeless participants. Transitional housing programs can enhance the effectiveness of their services by training staff to interact face to face with the participants earlier in the program, thus establishing therapeutic alliances sooner.

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Subject
Behavioral psychology;
Counseling Psychology;
Clinical outcomes;
Medical diagnosis;
Homeless people;
Housing cooperatives
Classification
0384: Behavioral psychology
0603: Counseling Psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Homelessness; Therapeutic alliance; Transitional housing
Title
Program Outcomes of Dually Diagnosed Homeless Participants in Transitional Housing Programs
Author
Gambaccini-May, Angela
Number of pages
127
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0543
Source
DAI-B 73/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267202741
Advisor
Richardson, Melody
Committee member
Lyons, Jane
University/institution
Walden University
Department
Psychology
University location
United States -- Minnesota
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3498146
ProQuest document ID
926194937
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/926194937
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