Date of Award

5-1-1991

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Gayle Perrault

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes of household adults toward the homeless in a survey of residential subscribers to a major random digit telephone utility in the City of Atlanta, Georgia. The survey form for data collection used a Likert-type and thermometer-type instrument which was developed by the principal investigator and a panel of social scientists. Four dimensions were measured for the study: Attitudes, Cognitive, Sympathy, and Anomie.

The findings have revealed that, although most of the respondents in the study's sample (N=504) perceive homelessness to be a serious problem, the poor state of their knowledge of the problem led to some attitudes that work against a municipal, state, and federal solution. Further research is needed on public attitudes toward the homeless, the homeless themselves, and the relationship between the two.

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