Master of Social Work (MSW)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
This thesis examines factors affecting recidivism (shelter reentry) among two-parent households, female-headed households, and single women, through a study of selected households utilizing a transitional shelter for the homeless in Las Vegas, Nevada. The paper touches on the history of homelessness in America, and explores some of the factors related to the increase in homelessness on the national and local level. It examines the shelter system---in particular, the provision of transitional shelter---as the primary intervention designed to return individuals and families to self-sufficiency. The study found that the three household types did not differ significantly in terms of recidivism. However, the groups evidenced significant differences in a number of factors that have been tied to recidivism. The paper concludes with suggestions for policy and practice in light of the research findings.
Affecting; Factors; Homeless; Recidivism; Shelter; Transitional
Social service; Public policy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Bowman Augustine, Scianna Elizabeth, "Factors affecting recidivism at a transitional shelter for the homeless" (2001). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1350.