Predictors of shelter use among low-income families: Psychiatric history, substance abuse, and victimization

B. C. Weitzman, J. R. Knickman, M. Shinn

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For poor housed and homeless families in New York City, NY, we examined the degree to which psychiatric and substance-abuse problems and victimization placed the families at elevated risk of requiring emergency housing, and we documented the prevalence of such problems. These problems were infrequently reported by both groups. However, past mental hospitalization, treatment in a detoxification center, childhood sexual abuse, and adult physical abuse were associated with increased risk of homelessness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1547-1550
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume82
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1992

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Crime Victims
Substance-Related Disorders
Psychiatry
Homeless Persons
Sex Offenses
Hospitalization
Emergencies
Therapeutics
Physical Abuse

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Predictors of shelter use among low-income families : Psychiatric history, substance abuse, and victimization. / Weitzman, B. C.; Knickman, J. R.; Shinn, M.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 82, No. 11, 1992, p. 1547-1550.

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