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2009

Social Work

Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW

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Homeless Animal Caretakers: A Descriptive And Comparative Study, C Cronley, Elizabeth Strand, D Patterson, S Gwaltney Dec 2008

Homeless Animal Caretakers: A Descriptive And Comparative Study, C Cronley, Elizabeth Strand, D Patterson, S Gwaltney

Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW

Data from a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) were used to compare homeless people who report caring for animals with homeless people who do not report caring for animals, based on demographic variables and stated reasons for homelessness. Among homeless clients (N = 4,100; M age = 39 yr., SD 13.2), 5.5% reported animal caretaking; demographic differences between caretaking and not caretaking homeless clients and life factors related to homelessness were most often associated with animal caretaking. 41% of participants (n = 1,664) were female, and 59% (n = 2,436) were male. Findings suggest that first-time homeless, Euro-American women ...