Title

Toward a concept of homelessness among aged men.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Jay Sokolovsky

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1983

Date Issued

January 1983

Date Available

June 2014

ISSN

0022-1422

Abstract

New York City homeless aged men living on the bowery and in single-room occupancy hotels were contrasted using Bogue's model of skid row social formation. Because of their commonality of being unattached urban males, it had been assumed that they would exhibit similar characteristics and modes of adaptation. It is shown that homelessness is not a uniform category, nor can these men always be easily distinguished from the general. Only sociability criteria differentiated these men as a group from their nonhomeless age peers suggesting the appropriateness of an ipopulacenteractive conceptual framework for homelessness. Regression analysis revealed that three of Bogue's four criteria differentiated between bowery and single-room occupancy men, with the socioeconomic being the most powerful data set. There were also important differences in the way each group handled their social world. The ability of these men to adapt to other environments is discussed.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Gerontology, 38, 81-89. doi: 10.1093/geronj/38.1.81

Language

en_US

Publisher

Gerontological Society of America

Creative Commons License

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