Journal article

Do transitions in and out of homelessness relate to mental health episodes? A longitudinal analysis in an extremely disadvantaged population

Julie Moschion, Jan C van Ours

Social Science and Medicine | Elsevier | Published : 2021

Abstract

This paper studies the association between homelessness and mental health episodes focusing on episodes of depression, anxiety and other conditions (bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder). Using panel data from the Australian Journeys Home survey, we investigate the extent to which this association is due to common determinants of homelessness and mental health episodes, or whether there is a causal link between them. The results indicate that episodes of depression increase the probability that a person becomes homeless. This is not the case for other mental health conditions. We find no evidence that becoming homeless causes a person to have a mental..

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