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Life Chances and Choices: Assessing Quality of Life among the Homeless

Mark LaGory, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Ferris Ritchey
The Sociological Quarterly
Vol. 42, No. 4 (Autumn, 2001), pp. 633-651
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Midwest Sociological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4121136
Page Count: 19
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Life Chances and Choices: Assessing Quality of Life among the Homeless
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Abstract

A Weberian lifestyles approach is employed to examine differences in quality of life among the homeless. Using a systematic random sample of 161 homeless people in a mid-sized. Southern metropolitan area, the study focuses on the impact of life chances and social choices on aspects of quality of life in this severely challenged population. Regression results show that a number of life chance and social choice variables affect general and domain-specific well-being. While chances and choices both contribute to these aspects of quality of life, there is only modest evidence of a mediating effect. With the exception of depressive symptoms, life chances appear to play a more important role in quality of life differences than life choices. The specific life chance and choice factors influencing aspects of quality of life vary with each separate well-being outcome. The implications of these findings for general sociology and homeless social policy are explored.

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