Correlates of Veteran Status in a Canadian Sample of Homeless People With Mental Illness

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Date
2014-12
Authors
Bourque, Jimmy
VanTil, Linda
LeBlanc, Stefanie Renee
Kopp, Brianna
Daigle, Stephanie
LeBlanc, Jacinthe
Sareen, Jitender
Darte, Kathy
Landry, Liette-Andree
More, Faye
Keyword
Veterans , Homelessness , Mental Health , Service use , Victimization
Abstract
Many veterans at risk of homelessness also suffer from mental health problems. The aim of this study was to identify correlates of veteran status among housing, mental health, and service use variables in a Canadian sample of homeless people with mental illness. The data were obtained from At Home / Chez Soi, a Canadian multisite study. The participants were 99 veterans and a matched comparison group of 297 non-veterans. Data were gathered at baseline and were analyzed using logistic regression. The veteran and non-veteran groups were found to be similar, although veterans attended school longer, and were more likely to have been victims of a robbery in the 6 months prior to enrolment in the study. Veterans were not overrepresented in this sample as compared with the general population.