1st Edition

Homelessness in America Perspectives, Characterizations, and Considerations for Occupational Therapy

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Learn how to better address the needs of the homeless

    The causes of homelessness are complex and varied. Homelessness in America provides an overview of the state of research on the homeless population from an occupation and societal participation perspective. This important resource explores the systems of care in which homeless services are organized, the tailoring of services to meet the needs of diverse types of homeless, the newest trends in services, and crucial funding sources. Research is comprehensively examined from an occupation-based perspective, including studies on specific issues pertaining to various homeless populations. This in-depth discussion provides a vital understanding of homelessness using a client-centered and strengths-based approach in occupational therapy.

    Much of the research and writings of occupational therapists who work with homeless populations has been scattered throughout various diverse publications. Homelessness in America: Perspectives, Characterizations, and Considerations for Occupational Therapy gathers into one useful volume important insights, practical strategies, and valuable research into the many challenges concerning homelessness. Various effective interventions are discussed in depth. Several leading authorities explore current issues and offer illuminating case studies, extensive reference lists, and helpful tables of funding sources.

    Topics in Homelessness in America include:

    • results of an Internet-based survey of assessment tools used with the homeless
    • a critical examination of the assumptions of who becomes homeless—and why
    • typologies of homelessness
    • current trends in service delivery
    • federal organization and sources of funding for services
    • exploratory study of occupational concerns and goals of homeless women with children
    • study illustrating the value of the theory of Occupational Adaptation
    • mother-toddler interactions in transitional housing
    • the role of occupational therapy in the youth homelessness problem
    • homeless youths’ after-school and weekend time use
    • guiding intervention by using the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO)
    • productive role involvement at Project Employ
    • study on life skills interventions with effective recommendations
    • much more

    Homelessness in America is insightful, important reading for occupational therapy educators, students, practicing occupational therapists, program directors of services to the homeless, and policymakers.

    • The Status of Occupational Therapy: Addressing the Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness (Georgiana L. Herzberg, Sharon A. Ray, and Kathleen Swenson Miller)
    • Homelessness: Perspectives, Misconceptions, and Considerations for Occupational Therapy (Terry Petrenchik)
    • Systems of Care for Persons Who Are Homeless in the United States (Bruce W. Livingston and Kathleen Swenson Miller)
    • Occupational Concerns of Women Who Are Homeless and Have Children: An Occupational Justice Critique (Betsy VanLeit, Rebecca Starrett, and Terry K. Crowe)
    • Describing the Phenomenon of Homelessness Through the Theory of Occupational Adaptation (Jennifer A. Johnson)
    • Mother-Toddler Interactions During Child-Focused Activity in Transitional Housing (Sharon A. Ray)
    • Homeless Youth: Causes, Consequences and the Role of Occupational Therapy (Ann M. Aviles and Christine A. Helfrich)
    • The After-School Occupations of Homeless Youth: Three Narrative Accounts (Ann E. McDonald)
    • Assessing the Occupational Performance Priorities of People Who Are Homeless (Jaime Phillip Muñoz, Teressa Garcia, Joy Lisak, and Diana Reichenbach)
    • Occupational Therapy Intervention to Foster Goal Setting Skills for Homeless Mothers (Winifred Schultz-Krohn, Skye Drnek, and Kelly Powell)
    • Building Productive Roles: Occupational Therapy in a Homeless Shelter (Jaime Phillip Muñoz, Sara Dix, and Diana Reichenbach)
    • Life Skill Interventions with Homeless Youth, Domestic Violence Victims and Adults with Mental Illness (Christine A. Helfrich, Ann M. Aviles, Chaula Badiani, Deborah Walens, and Peggy Sabol)
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Kathleen Swenso Miller, Georgiana L Herzberg, Sharon A Ray