Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 215–221 | Cite as

Does Context Matter? Examining the Mental Health Among Homeless People

  • Kevin FitzpatrickEmail author
  • Brad A. Myrstol
  • Elizabeth Miller
Brief Report


While much research has focused on the impact community has on health and wellbeing of domiciled populations, limited research has explored the same for homeless people. Using multivariate models, this research explores what factors are related to depressive symptomatology among homeless people living in two distinctly different communities. Results suggest that context matters, but not for every circumstance examined in these models. While some variables exhibit a consistent relationship with depressive symptoms, the role of social capital is noted as particularly important to lowering symptomatology, yet its impact differs significantly by location.


Community Homelessness Mental health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Fitzpatrick
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brad A. Myrstol
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  2. 2.Justice CenterUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of OregonEugeneUSA

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