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Title The Relationship between Elements of Health and Social Systems and Substance Use Severity for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
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University/Publisher University of Western Ontario
Abstract Canadians experiencing homelessness often live with severe substance use (Aubry et al., 2015; Khandor & Mason, 2007). Health challenges related to severe substance use contribute to the early mortality experienced by homeless Canadians (Hwang, Wilkins, Tjepkema, O’Campo & Dunn, 2009). This population also experience health and social system disadvantages. Using General Systems Theory, relationships between substance use severity and access to health care, housing stability, therapeutic relationship and quality of family and friends relationships were explored as elements of health and social systems. A correlational secondary analysis examined this in a sample of 65 individuals accessing housing first. Relationships were not found between health and social systems and substance use severity. However, other important relationships were found relating to addiction and homelessness, access to health care and therapeutic relationship and quality of social and family relationships. These findings have important implications for nursing practice and Canada’s response in addressing homelessness.
Subjects/Keywords homelessness; substance use severity; addiction; housing first; general systems theory; Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Language en
Country of Publication ca
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:ir.lib.uwo.ca:etd-5429
Repository uwo
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2020-06-19

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