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Homeless

University of Iowa

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Homeless Men : Exploring The Experience Of Shame, Kevin L. Fall Dec 2014

Homeless Men : Exploring The Experience Of Shame, Kevin L. Fall

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Research literature on homelessness makes frequent reference to shame, but with little inquiry into the role shame may play in the lives of homeless men. This study used Consensual Qualitative Research methodology (Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997) to interview 24 men in a small Midwestern city to explore how homeless men experience shame. The results from this study indicate that shame is experienced as a "painful sense of worthlessness and failure" whereby men attribute their homelessness to their own perceived characterological flaws. To avoid the painful experience of shame and stigma, homeless men appear to develop and use defense strategies. While ...


Critical Incidents That Lead To Homelessness: Recommendations For Counselors, Ren Francis Stinson Jul 2010

Critical Incidents That Lead To Homelessness: Recommendations For Counselors, Ren Francis Stinson

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This dissertation describes a qualitative investigation of two research questions: "What do homeless individuals perceive to be the critical incidents that led to their homelessness?" and "What do people who are homeless recommend for how counselors can help the homeless and individuals at risk of becoming homeless?" Twenty-five participants were recruited from an Iowa City homeless shelter and were interviewed using an interview protocol. Participants were asked to provide detailed accounts of critical incidents that led to their homelessness and recommendations for counselors who would be working with people who are homeless or at a risk of becoming homeless. The ...