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Social Contact and Health of the Homeless. State of Health, Health-Care Use, Alcohol Abuse and Relationships of the Users of Homeless Support Services


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  • Patrick Peretti-Watel


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    The users of homeless shelters or hot meal distribution services represent a specific population, experiencing precarious situations and health problems. The respondents can be separated into groups according to whether their social contact is regular or not, whoever this is with. There is a significant link between this contact and perceived health: those who have regular contact with their close family and friends are more likely to state that they are in good or very good health. Another aspect of the link between health and social contact concerns the use of health care provisions, and in the case of this study, of dental care services: social isolation appears to be significantly associated with a lower use of these services. However, only the quantity of social contact was measured in this study, and not their quality: regular contact is not necessarily good contact, and can possibly result in subjection and violence.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 391-392 (2006)
    Issue (Month): (October)
    Pages: 115-130

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es391-392f

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    Keywords: Homeless; Poverty; Health Behaviours; Social Support;

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