Date of Award

7-1-1993

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

School of Social Work

First Advisor

Hattie M. Mitchell

Abstract

The overall purpose of this study was to explore the impact of homelessness on family cohesion and adaptability. Using the Olson's Circumplex Model of Family Functioning and Systems Theory as conceptual framework, 13 families in a transitional house completed a self-administered questionnaire which was designed to measure the family's perception of the impact of homelessness on family cohesion and adaptability. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and are reported in terms of frequency distribution and percentages. The findings revealed that homeless families are significantly more rigid on the adaptability dimension of Faces III and are extremely enmeshed on the Cohesion dimension.

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