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Author(s): Stephen Goldfinger, Russell Schutt, George Tolomiczenko, Larry Seidman, Walter Penk, Winson Turner, Brina B. Caplan
Publication Date: 1999
This study examines the influence of group or individual housing placement and consumer characteristics on the number of days subsequently homeless among formerly homeless mentally ill persons. OBJECTIVE: The study examined the influence of group or individual housing placement and consumer characteristics on the number of days subsequently homeless among formerly homeless mentally ill persons. METHODS: A total of 303 homeless shelter residents...
Author(s): George Tolomiczenko, Paula Goering
Publication Date: 2001
This study aims to describe the rates of legal involvement among adult shelter users. These rates are compared with rates of legal involvement in the general population. Gender differences in rates of legal involvement are also presented. Finally, these gender differences are analyzed using background, precursor, and present status variables that are associated with legal involvement. While gender differences in mental illness and substance abus...
Self-Report and Observer Measures of Substance Abuse Among Homeless Mentally Ill Persons in the Cross-Section and Over Time
Author(s): Stephen Goldfinger, Russell Schutt, Larry Seidman, Winson Turner, Walter Penk, George Tolomiczenko
Publication Date: 1996
The comparability of self-report and observer measures of substance abuse among 118 homeless mentally ill persons was assessed using cross-sectional and longitudinal measures. Possible correlates of nondisclosure were identified from demographic variables and clinical indicators. Lifetime abuse reported at baseline was a sensitive predictor of subsequent abuse behavior in the project, but cross-sectional measures based only on self-report or obse...
Author(s): George Tolomiczenko, Paula Goering, Janet Durbin
Publication Date: 2001
Objective: To determine whether the viewing of a video depicting the successful struggles of homeless persons with mental illness in finding and maintaining housing can have a positive impact on attitudes toward homeless persons with mental illness. (Authors) Method: Five hundred and seventy-five high school students attending a brief educational session on mental illness participated in 1 of 3 comparison versions of the 2-hour program (control,...
Author(s): Stephen W. Hwang, Joanna Ueng, Shirley Chiu, Alex Kiss, George Tolomiczenko, Laura Cowan, Wendy Levinson, Donald A. Redelmeier
Publication Date: 2010
Objectives. We examined the extent of unmet needs and barriers to accessing health care among homeless people within a universal health insurance system. Methods. We randomly selected a representative sample of 1169 homeless individuals at shelters and meal programs in Toronto, Ontario. We determined the prevalence of self-reported unmet needs for health care in the past 12 months and used regression analyses to identify factors associated with u...
Drug problems among homeless individuals in Toronto, Canada: prevalence, drugs of choice, and relation to health status
Author(s): Michelle N Grinman, Shirley Chiu, Donald A. Redelmeier, Wendy Levinson, Alex Kiss, George Tolomiczenko, Laura Cowan, Stephen W. Hwang
Publication Date: 2010
Background Drug use is believed to be an important factor contributing to the poor health and increased mortality risk that has been widely observed among homeless individuals. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and characteristics of drug use among a representative sample of homeless individuals and to examine the association between drug problems and physical and mental health status. Methods Recruitment of 603 sin...
Author(s): Paula Goering, George Tolomiczenko, Tess Sheldon, Katherine Boydell, Donald Wasylenki
Publication Date: 2002
The Pathways Into Homelessness project in Toronto interviewed 300 unaccompanied adult users of homeless shelters to identify characteristics of individuals who are homeless for the first time. The sample reflected the total population of homeless shelter users in terms of age, sex, level of use, and type of shelter. Two fifths of the sample were homeless for the first time. There were more similarities than differences between those who were home...
Author(s): Stephen W. Hwang, Angela Colantonio, Shirley Chau, George Tolomiczenko, Alex Kiss, Laura Cowan, Donald A. Redelmeier, Wendy Levinson
Publisher: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Publication Date: 2009
The researchers investigated the relationship between traumatic brain injury and current health conditions in a representative sample of homeless people. They asked 601 men and 303 women at homeless shelters and meal programs in 2004–2005 in Toronto about any head injury that left the person dazed, confused, disoriented or unconscious. They found that lifetime prevalence among homeless participants was 53% for any traumatic brain injury and 12% f...