Childhood risk factors in dually diagnosed homeless adults

Laura E. Blankertz, Ram A. Cnaan, Erica Freedman

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Although the negative long-term effects of specific childhood risk factors—sexual and physical abuse, parental mental illness and substance abuse, and out-of-home placement—have been recognized, most studies have focused on just one of these risks. This article examines the prevalence of these five childhood risk factors among dually diagnosed (mentally ill and substance abusing) homeless adults in rehabilitation programs. It further assesses the impact of each risk factor individually and in combinations of two on the social functioning skills and rehabilitation progress of these multiply disadvantaged clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587-596
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Work
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Child maltreatment
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Homelessness
  • Mental illness
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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