Epidemiology of Homeless

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Epidemiology of Homeless/Indigent People with Mental Illness
Vulnerable populations are defined in many ways. Variables of the definition are dependent on the author, their current location and how they believe that they may assist this population. Vulnerability as defined in a healthcare setting are those with a greater than average risk of developing health problems by virtue of their marginalized sociocultural status, their limited access to economic resources, or personal characteristics such as age and gender (DeChesnay & Anderson, 2008). Vulnerable populations in Jacksonville, North Carolina, are the homeless and indigent veterans with mental illness. Jacksonville, North Carolina, is a military town with three military bases in the …show more content…

There are many reasons for homeless and mentally ill person to be in the predicament that they are now facing. The incidents have been studied but the co-occurrence of homeless, mental illness, and substance abuse seem to have longitudinal results. Therefore, concluding that there is no direct conclusion that one is needed for the other to occur. Some reason for such include but are not limited too, financial set backs, loss of family support, severity of preexisting symptoms, prior stay in institutions such as, hospital or jails and traumatic events. In this area increasing incidents can be contributed to the military presence. The area is a very transient area because of the military and thriving economy. The majority of the homeless individuals with mental illness in the area have had prior military service. Discharges range from dishonorable to medical reasons. Medical being the most frequent cause of discharge. Medical consisting of area from person unable to adjust to the military, anger issues, traumatic events affecting reasoning such as traumatic brain injuries or post traumatic stress disorder. These individuals are usually at a disadvantage of finding care of have troubling accessing care. Males are not the only individuals who are affect with homelessness. Woman also account for about 5% of the homeless rate of 20-25% in the area. Woman also have served in

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