Is a house enough? Service users’ perspectives on the reasons for repeat admissions to a female homeless service (Edel House)

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dc.contributor.advisor Shore, Caroline en
dc.contributor.author Doyle, Elaine
dc.contributor.other Edel House (Good Shepherd Services)
dc.contributor.role Civil Society Organization en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-07T12:15:39Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-07T12:15:39Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04-17
dc.identifier.citation Doyle, E. (2012) Is a house enough? Service users’ perspectives on the reasons for repeat admissions to a female homeless service (Edel House). Cork: Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 63 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8294
dc.description.abstract This purpose of this thesis is to examine the female service users’ perspectives on the reasons for their repeat admissions to a homeless shelter (Edel House). As the title implies, ‘Is a House Enough’ this study will explore what led to the breakdown of secured accommodation, is shelter enough to alleviate homelessness, or what other supports are needed to ensure an independent life, free from homelessness. The attitudes of the aftercare service, provided by Edel House were also examined to see if any changes of improvements could be suggested. A qualitative methodology employing an interpretivist approach was used to ensure the research aims were achieved. The research methods were five semi- structured interviews with homeless women with a history of repeat admissions to Edel House. A literature review was also undertaken to provide a platform to the study by exploring similar research undertaken on women and homelessness and the reasons for long-term homelessness among women. The main findings of the study highlight the complex, multifaceted factors and the diverse range and sequence of events associated with long-term homelessness and subsequent readmissions to a homeless shelter (Edel House). These include loneliness while living alone, substance misuse, domestic violence, unsuitable living conditions, poor social networks and unwillingness to accept help. The service users attitudes to the after care service indicate that the service is a positive support in their life, however the issue lies in getting the women to utilise this service once in secured housing. The main recommendation for Edel House and its aftercare service is to promote the service and to make efforts to motivate the women to utilise it. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Community-Academic Research Links, University College Cork en
dc.relation.ispartofseries CARL Research Reports;14
dc.relation.uri https://www.ucc.ie/en/scishop/rr/
dc.rights © 2012, Elaine Doyle. en
dc.subject Female homeless en
dc.subject Repeat admissions en
dc.subject Female homeless service en
dc.subject Edel House en
dc.title Is a house enough? Service users’ perspectives on the reasons for repeat admissions to a female homeless service (Edel House) en
dc.type Report en
dc.type.qualificationname Masters of Social Work en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.placepublication Cork en


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