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The Impact of Homelessness and Shelter Life on Family Relationships

Elizabeth W. Lindsey
Family Relations
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Jul., 1998), pp. 243-252
DOI: 10.2307/584973
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584973
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The Impact of Homelessness and Shelter Life on Family Relationships
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Abstract

This study explored mothers' perceptions of how homelessness and shelter life affected family relationships. Participants reported increased closeness and heightened quality and quantity of interaction with their children, but a disruption in their roles as disciplinarians and providers/caretakers. Factors which mothers perceived to affect relationships were shelter conditions (rules and interactions with staff and residents), the mother's emotional state, and the child's emotional state, temperament, and behavior. Implications for practice are suggested.

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