A Typology of Mentally Disordered Users of Resources for Homeless People: Towards Better Planning of Mental Health Services

A Typology of Mentally Disordered Users of Resources for Homeless People: Towards Better Planning of Mental Health Services

This studied examined the different subgroups of mentally ill homeless living in Quebec to determine their service needs.

The aim of this study is to describe distinct typologies among mentally ill users of resources for homeless people, in order to inform the targeted development of mental health services to address their varied needs. Data came from a survey of clientele of resources for homeless persons in Montreal and Quebec (N = 757) and this study includes the 369 people from this sample who met DSM-IV criteria for serious mental disorders at any point in their lifetime. A hierarchical logistic regression analysis was run with mental health service utilization in the past 12 months (dependent variable), and variables from Pescosolido’s Model (independent variables). Cluster analysis identified six types of homeless persons with mental disorders: women; men with schizophrenia; previously depressed or alcoholic men; men with current depressive disorders; men with comorbidity; and men who were previously homeless. Results are discussed concerning the mental health service use, and needs of these different groups.

JOURNAL: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
VOLUME: 36
PAGES: 223-235
EDITOR: Blais, Regis
PUBLICATION DATE: 2009