Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children. Possible Functions of a Typology


Given the nature of typological formulations and their history in clinical decision-making, an important conceptual issue is the possible functions of a typology for the management of homeless families.  The major uses of clinical typologies that have been proposed in these various literatures are the following:

  • Summarize important diagnostic, prognostic and descriptive information in a simple, understandable classification scheme.
  • Provide an empirical basis for client-service matching, such as programs to help with stable housing, psychological problems, medical care, social services, child care, or substance abuse.
  • Minimize or remediate effects on children.
  • Improve specificity of prediction of short-term as well as long-term outcomes in relation to services received.
  • Help to prevent family homelessness.

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