Untangling the Relationship Between Mental Health and Homelessness Among a Sample of Arrestees

Andrew M. Fox, Philip Mulvey, Charles Katz, Michael Shafer

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Abstract

Past research has focused on the intertwined relationship between homelessness, mental illness, and criminal justice. Although a well-established correlation between mental illness and homelessness has emerged, a better understanding of how this may be mediated by other prominent risk factors such as substance use or victimization is warranted. The current study uses data obtained from 3,673 recently booked arrestees to examine these relationships. Using structural equation modeling with measured variables, the analyses indicate the relationship between mental health and homelessness to be almost entirely mediated by alcohol use, drug use, and violent victimization. Policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-613
Number of pages22
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • arrestees
  • homelessness
  • incarceration
  • mental health
  • substance use
  • victimization

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Untangling the Relationship Between Mental Health and Homelessness Among a Sample of Arrestees. / Fox, Andrew M.; Mulvey, Philip; Katz, Charles; Shafer, Michael.

In: Crime and Delinquency, Vol. 62, No. 5, 2013, p. 592-613.

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