Homelessness as One Component of Housing Instability and Its Impact on the Development of Children in Poverty

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

Abstract: The number of families with children living in poverty and experiencing housing instability and homelessness has increased dramatically over the last two decades. Current public policy decisions will lead to further increases. Understanding the impact of this instability on the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive development of children is imperative. Few studies critically examine the effects of instability on both domiciled and homeless children. This research examined the effects of homelessness and housing instability on 133 children 8 to 12 years of age living in poverty. Results indicate that whether a child is currently homeless is not as significant as overall stability which may have a long ranging effect on a child's future development.

Additional Information

Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 4(4), 301-318.
Language: English
Date: 1995
Homelessness, Housing instability, Children in poverty, Social work, Social justice, Psychological impact, Child development

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