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Resettlement and reintegration: single mothers' reflections after homelessness

Tischler, Victoria


Victoria Tischler


Previous research has identified that most families who become homeless are women with dependent children. Homeless families are reported to have a variety of complex needs however little is known about the experiences of families once they are re-housed. The aim of this study was to explore psychosocial issues related to the resettlement experiences of single mothers following a period of homelessness. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were used to gather data from twenty one women living in a UK Midlands city. Thematic analysis was used to draw conclusions from the data. Findings indicated that despite exposure to major stressors most women had begun the process of resettlement by improving their physical surroundings. Women had achieved personal growth as they had managed to escape violence, overcome homelessness, and create new opportunities for themselves and their children. Suggestions are made for future research and improvements to services which would promote resettlement in this population.


Tischler, V. (2008). Resettlement and reintegration: single mothers' reflections after homelessness. Community, Work and Family, 11(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Deposit Date Jun 17, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jun 17, 2014
Journal Community, Work & Family
Electronic ISSN 1366-8803
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 3
Keywords adaptation, homelessness, motjers, reintegration, resettlement
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Community, Work & Family on 15 Aug 2008, available online:


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