Voices of the Homeless: An Emic Approach to the Experiences of Health Disparities Faced by People Who Are Homeless

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Abstract

People who are homeless are particularly vulnerable to health disparities. Rather than using population statistics to highlight the prevalence or severity of the suffering of people who are homeless, 28 undergraduate students each conducted an in-depth interview with an individual who relied on a local homeless shelter to cope with everyday life. The interview explored the participants' health concerns and strategies for health management. Due to equipment failure and incomplete recording, only 16 interviews are included in this study. The author adopted thematic analysis while focused on preserving the richness of the interactions between the participants who are homeless and the undergraduate students. The author's goal is to provide emic, intimate insights about the struggles and challenges faced by the people who are homeless. The author concluded the study by situating the findings in the larger literature of health disparities experienced by people who are homeless.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-340
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 6 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • emic approach
  • health
  • homelessness

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