The 1980s have witnessed a dramatic increase in homelessness among impoverished and dependent persons, particularly in major metropolitan areas. In this in-depth study, Carol, L.M. Caton and her colleagues synthesize the available information on this alarming trend, providing a comprehensive discussion of the causes and historical antecedents of homelessness and answering such questions as: Who are the homeless and what are their day-to-day lives like? What can be done to help the homeless and ensure that society meets its responsibility to them? How many homeless are there and why are their numbers increasing? In addressing these questions Homeless in America describes various public and private shelter programs and, utilizing a unique scientific approach, discusses social and economic policy innovations aimed at independent living. The result is an invaluable resource for students in the social sciences, medicine, law, public policy, and social work, as well as for mental health professionals.
" "Homeless in America makes it easy for the interested reader to learn about homelessness. More important, it is an excellent text for those who can and will do something about the problem. The book is a landmark by which to judge ourselves as a society." --from the Foreword by Richard Jed Wyatt, M.D., Chief, Neuropsychiatry Branch, National Institute of Mental Health "A helpful update on vexing problem." --John A. Talbott, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine "This book affords the interested and concerned reader an excellent opportunity to digest the range of issues related to the homeless in the United States, and represents an authoritative guide to facts, origins and solutions." --Herbert Pardes, M.D., President, American Psychiatric Association "This book is a clearly written readable primer for those desiring a basic overview of causes, programs, policies, and research relating to homelessness, with an emphasis on mental health issues." -- Hospital and Community Psychiatry "A scholarly account. . . .Is well written and contains excellent reviews of the major topics, as well as some creative perspectives about the problem and its solutions. . . .Contains provocative discussions of a number of the salient policy questions. . . .A substantial addition to the field of homelessness." --Contemporary Psychology
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 22nd February 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.82 x 14.91 x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.47