Date: 16 May 2006

An Examination of Fulfilled Housing Preferences and Quality of Life among Homeless Persons with Mental Illness and/or Substance Use Disorders

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Abstract

This study examined the types of housing features considered important to a sample of homeless persons diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder and the relationship between the degree to which important features were obtained in subsequent housing and subjective quality of life, clinical and housing outcomes at 3-month and 1-year follow-up periods. After controlling for significant clinical and sociodemographic covariates, results from regression analyses indicate that the degree to which a client's individual housing preferences were realized in dwellings is significantly associated with greater quality of life in the future, but not clinical outcomes or housing tenure.

This study was conducted at the Yale Department of Psychiatry, VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center, 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516, USA.
Robert Rosenheck, MD, is a professor at the Yale Department of Psychiatry and Yale Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and director of the VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516, USA.
Wesley Kasprow, PhD, is a project director at the Yale Department of Psychiatry and VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center, 950 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT 06516, USA.
Linda Frisman, PhD, is a director of research at the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Hartford Connecticut, and University of Connecticut Department of Psychology, Storrs, CT, Psychology Building, Storrs Campus, 406 Babbidge Road, Storrs, CT 06269-1020, USA.