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The Open DoorHomelessness and Severe Mental Illness in the Era of Community Treatment$
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Carol L. M. Caton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190463380

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190463380.001.0001

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Homeless People with Severe Mental Illness

Homeless People with Severe Mental Illness

(p.37) Chapter 3 Homeless People with Severe Mental Illness
The Open Door

Carol L. M. Caton

Oxford University Press

People with severe mental illness have the types of psychiatric disorders that would have typically placed them in a state mental institution in the era of the asylum. Despite the burden of illness associated with these disorders, opening the doors of the asylum has given many an opportunity to develop productive lives in the community. For others, however, life in the community has posed insurmountable challenges, among which homelessness looms large. This chapter provides an overview of what is known about homeless people with severe mental illness, including prevalence, demographic, clinical, and social characteristics, and risk factors. Three case examples are included to illustrate how multiple dimensions of risk are manifested in the lives of individuals.

Keywords:   Homeless definition, prevalence among mentally ill, demographic, social, and clinical characteristics, homeless risk factors, homeless case examples

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