Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 373–384 | Cite as

Time out from Stress: Camp Program and Parenting Groups for Homeless Mothers

  • Kris Kissman


This paper describes a camp program for homeless families and parenting groups aimed at discussing issues related to parenting while homeless. In groups and individual interviews, the women shared stories about multiple problems that negatively impacted parent/child relationships and their ability to maintain employment and residential stability. These problems included domestic violence, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. Evaluation of the camp program indicated that services available in the community and those provided by shelters were limited and mothers often had difficulties utilizing services.

homeless women parenting groups family therapy 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kris Kissman
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  1. 1.Department of Social WorkSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsville

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