Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Stephen L. O’Keefe
The effect of treatment on the homeless mentally ill was explored. Seventeen homeless individuals were screened with questionnaires to determine anxiety and depression (Krug, Laughlin, Scheiner, & Catell, 1976). One group included diagnosed mentally ill subjects, the other were non-diagnosed individuals. Both groups were tested upon admittance to either a treatment facility for homeless mentally ill persons or a community homeless shelter, respectively. They were again screened prior to discharge of either facility. Statistically, a rather significant difference was noted in the decrease of the diagnosed group’s anxiety level upon discharge. A similar, but less significant, statistical difference was also noted in the diagnosed group’s depression upon discharge, when they were compared to the non-diagnosed group. Clinically, these differences are important in that 40% of the diagnosed group’s anxiety was decreased, as was 30% of the individuals’ depression.
Homeless persons – Mental health services.
Harless, Joyel, "Treatment for the homeless mentally ill" (1999). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1644.