This study examined the relationship between victimization and mental health functioning in homeless individuals. Homeless populations experience higher levels of victimization than the general population, which in turn have a detrimental effect on their mental health. A sample of 304 homeless adults and youth completed one-on-one interviews, answering questions on mental health, past victimization, and recent victimization experiences. A hierarchical linear regression showed that experiences of childhood sexual abuse predicted lower mental health functioning after controlling for the sex and age of individuals. The study findings are applicable to current support programs for victims in the homeless population and are relevant to future research on homelessness and victimization.

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Keywords homelessness, mental health, victimization
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Journal Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Rattelade, S. (Stephanie), Farrell, S. (Susan), Aubry, T. (Tim), & Klodawsky, F. (2014). The Relationship Between Victimization and Mental Health Functioning in Homeless Youth and Adults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(9), 1606–1622. doi:10.1177/0886260513511529