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Mothers Who Experience Homelessness

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Women’s Homelessness in Europe

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In Chapter 8, van den Drie et al. examine family homelessness in Europe, with particular attention to women who are mothers and in living situations of homelessness, either with or without their children in their care. The authors start by providing an overview of family homelessness in Europe, highlighting the diversity of family forms and the extent to which families headed by a single mother are represented within populations of homeless families. This is followed by a discussion of the explanations or causes of family homelessness that have come to prominence in several European countries, particularly in recent years. The focus then shifts to the topic of homelessness and motherhood, including a discussion of the challenges associated with parenting in the context of homelessness. Lastly, the chapter provides an overview of some of the dominant characteristics of service provision for homeless mothers in Europe; conclusions are drawn and possible directions for future research are discussed.

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van den Dries, L., Mayock, P., Gerull, S., van Loenen, T., van Hulst, B., Wolf, J. (2016). Mothers Who Experience Homelessness. In: Mayock, P., Bretherton, J. (eds) Women’s Homelessness in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54516-9_8

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