Promoting Positive Parenting in the Context of Homelessness

Staci Perlman, Beryl Cowan, Abigail Gewirtz, Mary Haskett, Lauren Stokes

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Recent national reports suggest that nearly 1,000,000 families with children experience homelessness and that this number is rising (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2009; U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2010; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2011). Families experiencing homelessness are disproportionately more likely to have experienced economic, health, and social risk factors. These experiences can adversely influence the parent-child relationship. The purpose of this article is to (a) review the literature on the determinants and contextual issues of parenting in shelters; (b) describe specific programs that are focused on positive parenting in the context of homelessness; and (c) provide practice, research, and policy recommendations for supporting positive parenting among families living without homes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-412
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Child maltreatment
  • Emergency housing
  • Homeless children
  • Homeless families
  • Homeless shelter
  • Homelessness
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Parenting
  • Transitional housing


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