Date of Degree
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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
Noel Estrada Hernandez
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As the number of older adults experiencing homelessness continues to increase, understanding the experiences of older homeless adults is necessary. Although housing first initiatives are vital to removing individuals from homelessness, the psychosocial aspects of homelessness are often neglected. The efforts to end and prevent homelessness among older adults require interagency collaboration to include counseling professionals who can assist with the psychosocial aspects of the phenomenon. In an effort to provide a platform for older adults experiencing homelessness to inform researchers and practitioner alike, a phenomenological qualitative study was conducted to explore their lived experiences and their human and social capital. The findings of the study suggest that the experiences older adults participants of this study ranged from maladaptive behaviors (e.g., poor decision making) to positive outlooks for their future. Overall, both their human and their social capital are impaired, and they require interventions that address psychosocial aspects of homelessness, such as loss of social ties and financial insecurity.
Counseling, Homelessness, Human Capital, Older Adults, psychosocial, Social Capital
x, 123 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-123).
Copyright © 2017 Maggie K. J. Butler
Butler, Maggie K. J.. "A phenomenological exploration of the lived experiences and human and social capital among older adults using emergency shelters: implications for the counseling profession." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2017.
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