An exploration of subjective wellbeing among people experiencing homelessness: a strengths-based approach
Thomas, Yvonne, Gray, Marion A., and McGinty, Sue (2012) An exploration of subjective wellbeing among people experiencing homelessness: a strengths-based approach. Social Work in Health Care, 51 (9). pp. 780-797.
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Negative perceptions of homelessness contribute to deficit models of practice, false notions of homogeneity, and marginalization. Wellbeing is a state of satisfaction with material, social, and human aspects of life and can be measured both objectively and subjectively. The study explored the meaning and experience of wellbeing in the everyday lives of 20 homeless participants through fieldwork and interviews. This study revealed that health contributed little to their overall perception of wellbeing. Keeping safe, being positive and feeling good, connecting with others, and the ability to participate in "normal" life were the key contributors of subjective wellbeing. The authors demonstrate that social exclusion experienced in homelessness has a negative effect on subjective wellbeing. Services that provide opportunities to experience social inclusion and develop community and cultural connections will improve the wellbeing of homeless persons.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||homeless persons, marginalization, wellbeing|
|FoR Codes:||11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||28 Nov 2012 13:11|
|Last Modified:||30 Apr 2013 02:16|
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