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Psychological Effects Of Homelessness

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Without a doubt, a person’s place of living has serious influence over the outcomes of that person’s life. Consequently, those who grow up in areas of urban decay are rooted to a path that often leads to hazardous lifestyles that are detrimental to health and opportunity. The implications of living in this type of location involve long-lasting psychological issues. For children and adolescents, those symptoms are harmful when it comes to the effects they have on development and well-being. Because spending time in natural environments and holding close social ties to neighbors have been proven to decrease the negative psychological impacts of neighborhood disorder, an increase in organized activities run through city and neighborhood parks…show more content…
A study on this topic found that nonwhite individuals who are young, poor, and poorly educated experience more neighborhood disorder than those who are white and older with higher levels of education and household income. Reaching out to a variety of residential areas in Illinois, research indicated that people living within the city of Chicago report much more neighborhood disorder than those who do not. As a result, people in Chicago have significantly higher levels of perceived powerlessness than those that live in suburban areas (Geis & Ross, 1998). Because Illinois contains each type of U.S. neighborhood, (rural, small town, suburban, and urban) the conclusion drawn from this information is that Americans living in urban places are the ones most adversely affected by neighborhood…show more content…
Previous investigations, studied by Hale (2012), found that humans’ physiological, psychological, and emotional states change in both slight and significant ways when their surrounding environment changes. For example, spending large quantities of time in unnatural settings (such as the indoors or urban outdoors where many natural elements have been removed) creates feelings of disconnection with the self, others, and the environment. Feelings of disconnection lead the way to poor psychological symptoms such as anxiety, frustration, and depression. Spending time in nature has been proven to reverse these symptoms. Natural environments invoke responses of decreased arousal, increased attentional capacity, and faster emotional processing. Thus, frequenting a natural setting lessens the trauma of urban decay, and doing so would be greatly beneficial for those growing up in that type of situation. Through quality maintenance of city and neighborhood parks and the addition of parks in neighborhoods that do not have one within walking distance, children and adolescents would have access to a place where they could easily relieve the destructive symptoms that come upon them from disconnection of the urban
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