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Interviews With Formerly Homeless African American Women About the Benefits of Counseling and the Process of Change
Wendy Killam and Meghan L. Reppert
Within the United States, homelessness is a growing issue. A disproportionate number of minority women are homeless. There are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of being homeless including poverty, victimization, and mental health issues. Treatment for homelessness is often lacking. This study examines the common themes reported by homeless African American women who received limited short-term counseling services. Implications for counselors who work with homeless individuals will also be provided.