8.1 A Longitudinal Approach to Research on Homelessness

This chapter demonstrates some of the benefits of conducting carefully constructed, systematic studies of what happens to homeless people over time by presenting findings from a longitudinal study conducted in Ottawa. A sample of 412 people representing five subgroups of individuals based on age, sex, and family status were interviewed while they were homeless; 62% were re-interviewed approximately two years later. Results suggest that institutional regulations and the responsiveness of health and social services affect the ability of different subgroups in the population to exit homelessness.

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Hulchanski, J. David
Campsie, Philippa
Chau, Shirley B.Y.
Hwang, Stephen H.
Paradis, Emily
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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness