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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 476-481

Lives without roots: Institutionalized homeless women with chronic mental illness

1 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Febna Moorkath
Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_103_18

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The spiral phenomenon of homelessness and mental ill-health are major growing epidemic in both developed and developing countries. Viewing from a socio-economic-political dimension, homelessness and mental ill-health cause detrimental effects on the individuals' lives as well as the nation-building process. The condition of women seems to be complex, as the gender perspectives are often described in terms of patriarchy and powerlessness. The bi-directionality of mental illness and homelessness creates a vicious cycle, and many women seem to end up in shelter care homes. The scenario of homeless women with chronic mental illness reflects the lack of community-based rehabilitation efforts and gender-sensitive policy level initiatives.

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