Research on Homelessness: An Introduction

Marybeth Shinn, Beth C. Weitzman

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Research on homelessness has tended to focus on problems of homeless individuals, sometimes diverting attention from underlying causes and reinforcing stereotypes about the population. A more comprehensive model of homelessness would include factors at the levels of individuals, social groups, and the socioeconomic context that contribute to homelessness. Papers in this issue investigate key factors at each of these levels. They consider the scope of homelessness and the history of society's responses, individual problems as both consequences and causes of homelessness, dynamics of entry to and exits from homelessness, and pertinent social policy at both micro‐ and macrolevels. 1990 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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