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Psychopathology in young people experiencing homelessness: A systematic review

Hodgson, Kate, Shelton, Katherine Helen ORCID:, van den Bree, Marianne Bernadette ORCID: and Los, Férenc J. 2013. Psychopathology in young people experiencing homelessness: A systematic review. American Journal of Public Health 103 (6) , e24-e37. 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301318

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Understanding mental health issues faced by young homeless persons is instrumental to the development of successful targeted interventions. No systematic review of recent published literature on psychopathology in this group has been completed. We conducted a systematic review of published research examining the prevalence of psychiatric problems among young homeless people. We examined the temporal relationship between homelessness and psychopathology. We collated 46 articles according to the PRISMA Statement. All studies that used a full psychiatric assessment consistently reported a prevalence of any psychiatric disorder from 48% to 98%. Although there was a lack of longitudinal studies of the temporal relationship between psychiatric disorders and homelessness, findings suggested a reciprocal link. Supporting young people at risk for homelessness could reduce homelessness incidence and improve mental health.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: American Public Health Association
ISSN: 0090-0036
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2023 16:49

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