Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 70, Issue 1, pp 75–87 | Cite as

Using Clinical and Criminal Involvement Factors to Explain Homelessness Among Clients of a Psychiatric Probation and Parole Service

  • Phyllis Solomon
  • Jeffrey Draine


This study sought to examine the rate of homelessness and the extent to which lifetime homelessness was associated with clinical factors, such as diagnosis and treatment history; or criminal factors, such as criminal behavior and arrest history, among psychiatric probationers and parolees. Nearly half of the clients screened had experienced homelessness in their lifetime. In a logistic regression model to explain lifetime homelessness, significant factors were younger age, less education, a greater number of lifetime arrests, a schizophrenia diagnosis, and reporting both an alcohol and drug problem. Implications for service delivery with this population are discussed.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Phyllis Solomon
    • 1
  • Jeffrey Draine
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Pennsylvania School of Social WorkU.S.A
  2. 2.Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaU.S.A

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