The Role of Psychosocial Characteristics in Premature Discharge From Residential Services for Homeless Veterans

Bradley D. Sussner, Anna Kline, David A. Smelson, Miklos Losonczy, Scott J. Salvatore

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Abstract

Residential programs can improve the lives of homeless individuals, but many participants leave prematurely. Certain characteristics evident upon admission may help to identify those at greatest risk of early discharge. The records of 197 unique admissions to a homeless veterans program were reviewed. Subjects completed a psychosocial assessment, a diagnostic interview, and depression and alcohol use severity screenings. Alcohol use severity, days of abstinence, and an antisocial behavior disorder were significant independent predictors of type of discharge. The overall model accounted for 14.5% of the variance in type of discharge. Targeted interventions may be needed to help veterans at risk of premature discharge to remain engaged in treatment and to assist them in the transition back to the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-350
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Services
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

Keywords

  • homeless
  • premature discharge
  • psychosocial characteristics
  • residential services
  • veteran

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