Homelessness and depression in children: Implications for interventions

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cathryne L. Schmitz, Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Homelessness imposes severe mental, physical, and social deprivation on a significant number of children in the United States. The extreme poverty of homeless families puts them at high risk for negative consequences effecting the physical and mental health of the children. The results of two studies discussed in this chapter indicate a high incidence of depression in homeless school-age children. One study also suggests a positive correlation between high levels of depression and anxiety. The needs of depressed homeless children can be met most effectively through the services of an interdisciplinary service team, coordinated by a case manager. Such a team consists of professionals with multiple skills and tools; together, they can provide interventions in nursing, social work, counseling, and child psychiatry.

Additional Information

Publication
Directions in Child & Adolescent Therapy
Language: English
Date: 1995
Keywords
Social Work, Homelessness, Children, Depression