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“Just like Jail”: Trauma Experiences of Older Homeless Men

“Just like Jail”: Trauma Experiences of Older Homeless Men People experiencing homelessness often have a history of trauma, and losing one’s home is a traumatic event. The trauma of living in emergency shelters and on the streets uniquely impacts older adults, whose experiences of homelessness increase the likelihood of multiple health conditions and premature aging. This paper includes data from 18 men, aged 50 and older, who had experienced multiple instances of homelessness, as part of a larger study to understand the return path to homelessness from permanent housing. When participants spoke with us about their failure to be in housing, their inability to free themselves from reoccurring homelessness could not be discussed without talking about their trauma. Participants spoke of trauma in early life, perhaps precipitating homelessness, as well as traumatic experiences while homeless. The men discussed feeling imprisoned by the systemic issues around homelessness, facing mistreatment by service providers, and being exposed to external threats in their lives on the streets, including violence. Findings from this study lend themselves to the explicit need for trauma-informed care and supportive services that are sensitive to the urgency of homelessness as it is experienced by men in late life. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Gerontological Social Work Taylor & Francis

“Just like Jail”: Trauma Experiences of Older Homeless Men

“Just like Jail”: Trauma Experiences of Older Homeless Men

Journal Of Gerontological Social Work , Volume 63 (3): 19 – Apr 2, 2020

Abstract

People experiencing homelessness often have a history of trauma, and losing one’s home is a traumatic event. The trauma of living in emergency shelters and on the streets uniquely impacts older adults, whose experiences of homelessness increase the likelihood of multiple health conditions and premature aging. This paper includes data from 18 men, aged 50 and older, who had experienced multiple instances of homelessness, as part of a larger study to understand the return path to homelessness from permanent housing. When participants spoke with us about their failure to be in housing, their inability to free themselves from reoccurring homelessness could not be discussed without talking about their trauma. Participants spoke of trauma in early life, perhaps precipitating homelessness, as well as traumatic experiences while homeless. The men discussed feeling imprisoned by the systemic issues around homelessness, facing mistreatment by service providers, and being exposed to external threats in their lives on the streets, including violence. Findings from this study lend themselves to the explicit need for trauma-informed care and supportive services that are sensitive to the urgency of homelessness as it is experienced by men in late life.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1540-4048
eISSN
0163-4372
DOI
10.1080/01634372.2020.1733727
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Abstract

People experiencing homelessness often have a history of trauma, and losing one’s home is a traumatic event. The trauma of living in emergency shelters and on the streets uniquely impacts older adults, whose experiences of homelessness increase the likelihood of multiple health conditions and premature aging. This paper includes data from 18 men, aged 50 and older, who had experienced multiple instances of homelessness, as part of a larger study to understand the return path to homelessness from permanent housing. When participants spoke with us about their failure to be in housing, their inability to free themselves from reoccurring homelessness could not be discussed without talking about their trauma. Participants spoke of trauma in early life, perhaps precipitating homelessness, as well as traumatic experiences while homeless. The men discussed feeling imprisoned by the systemic issues around homelessness, facing mistreatment by service providers, and being exposed to external threats in their lives on the streets, including violence. Findings from this study lend themselves to the explicit need for trauma-informed care and supportive services that are sensitive to the urgency of homelessness as it is experienced by men in late life.

Journal

Journal Of Gerontological Social WorkTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 2, 2020

Keywords: Homelessness; qualitative analysis; trauma; older homeless; United States

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