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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Mayberry, Lindsay Satterwhite
Author's Email Address lindsay.mayberry@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-07202012-121921
Title Family Processes in the Context of Housing Instability and Intensive Service Use: Implications for Parenting and Caregiver Well-Being
Degree PhD
Department Community Research and Action
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Craig Anne Heflinger Committee Co-Chair
Marybeth Shinn Committee Co-Chair
Chandra Y. Osborn Committee Member
Deborah W. Rowe Committee Member
Velma McBride Murry Committee Member
  • families
  • homeless
  • service use
  • social support
  • qualitative
  • parent
Date of Defense 2012-06-22
Availability unrestricted
Since the mid-1980’s families have been the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States. Homeless programs were not designed for families, but rather as rehabilitative institutions for individuals. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 supported efforts to reduce the number of families in homeless shelters and transitional housing programs, but families’ experience of these programs are not yet understood. This paper presents analysis of 80 interviews with family caregivers experiencing housing instability and homelessness to examine the effects of various housing interventions (i.e., homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, short-term housing subsidies through Community-Based Rapid Rehousing programs, and long-term housing choice vouchers) on family processes and caregiver well-being. Qualitative and quantitative analyses were used to address the following questions about families’ experiences with the housing service system: (a) How do various living situations affect family routines and rituals? (b) How do service intensive housing programs and independent living situations affect parents’ support networks? (c) What challenges do parents encounter as they attempt to obtain stable housing through the housing service system, and what strategies do they use to address these challenges? Findings support the de-institutionalization of homeless programs, and the implementation of a community-based service approach for families experiencing homelessness.
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