Homelessness And Homelessness : Homeless Adults With Serious Mental Illness

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I. Introduction
Homelessness occurs all too often among those suffering from severe mental illness. In the following studies, some unsettling statistics are given, such as 20% of all schizophrenics are homeless, and schizophrenics are ten times likelier to become homeless than non-schizophrenics. People with mental health problems are often unable to keep a job, act responsibly with money and maintain overall stable lives if not supported properly. For those left on their own, they often succumb to homelessness. Schizophrenics, in particular, are at risk because of their paranoid tendencies and delusions, and issues keeping their finances stable. Despite the overwhelming statistical evidence, there is more to learn about the connection between schizophrenia and homelessness. What factors directly cause their homelessness and what can be done to prevent a decline into homelessness?

II. Literature Review
a. Trajectories of Recovery Among Formerly Homeless Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Recovery from serious mental illness is an arduous but not unattainable goal. To better understand the recovery process, this study asked, “Are there changes in participant’s recovery trajectories over time?” and “What is the lived experience of recovery over time?”.
Participants were recruited from two supportive housing programs in New York City. Participants had to have been homeless, abused substances, been newly housed through the program, been diagnosed with a DSM axis I diagnosis…
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