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Family Size and Stability as Antecedents of Homelessness and Excessive Drinking

Howard M. Bahr
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 31, No. 3 (Aug., 1969), pp. 477-483
DOI: 10.2307/349769
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349769
Page Count: 7
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Family Size and Stability as Antecedents of Homelessness and Excessive Drinking
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Abstract

Men from large families and from broken homes have been described as overrepresented in skidrow and alcoholic populations. A reassessment of the linkage between these variables based on (1) survey data from two skid-row populations and a control sample of lower-class men, and (2) a reinterpretation of some of the findings of previous investigators, leads to the conclusion that neither the broken home nor the large family are, in themselves, significant factors in the etiology of homelessness and excessive drinking.

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