Mental Health Correlates of Past Homelessness in Latinos and Asians

Hans Y. Oh, Jordan E. DeVylder

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Mental illness and addiction are strongly associated with homelessness, yet few studies have shown how these relationships vary across ethnic categories that are underrepresented in the homeless population. This study draws from the National Latino and Asian American Survey to examine mental health and substance abuse correlates of homelessness amongst Latinos and Asians living in the United States. Clinical and institutional factors associated with homelessness varied by ethnicity. Among Latinos, alcohol abuse or dependence, conduct disorder and intermittent explosive disorder were risk factors for homelessness, while attending a religious service more than once a week was a protective factor. Among Asians, mood disorder was a risk factor as were health problems and receiving welfare in the past. Understanding ethnicity-specific correlates of homelessness may guide culturally nuanced mental health prevention and intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)953-959
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity mental health journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 22 2014


  • Asian
  • Homeless
  • Latino
  • Mental illness
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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