Could personalisation contribute to breaking the cycle of repeated homelessness?

Bruce, Kate Elizabeth (2012) Could personalisation contribute to breaking the cycle of repeated homelessness? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Repeated or ‘revolving door’ homelessness is a phenomenon that affects many people who have contact with public services however little is known about it. This research aimed to investigate the causes of repeat homelessness in more depth and critique the use of personalisation approaches in preventing future homelessness. Qualitative data was gathered through semi-structured interviews with participants who had all experienced repeat homelessness. Findings were analysed using a thematic analysis and showed that participants favoured personalised approaches in terms of how homeless services, in particular hostels were run. Personalisation is seen to be centred on empowering practices and positive relationship building with staff. There were reservations about the use of individual budgets although suggestions were made about what could help people remain in a tenancy. Participants provided detailed reasons into why repeated homelessness for them occurred and discussions in this dissertation centred on the social and psychological needs of repeatedly homeless people as a way of preventing future homelessness. Recommendations for practice included suggestions for personalised and therapeutic interventions and a ‘Recovery from Homelessness’ approach has been proposed.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 12:09
    Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 10:39

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