Hudson, Christopher G. Books
About the author: Dr. Christopher G. Hudson is professor at the School of Social Work, and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research and Development, at Salem State College, Salem, MA. Research specialties include mental health policy, decision making, homelessness, and managed care. In addition to his numerous journal articles, he co-edited Dimensions of State Mental Health Policy (Praeger 1991). Prior to earning his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Hudson worked as a clinical social worker.1998 0-7734-8288-1
This is the first truly national empirical study of homelessness in the United States. It is based on an analysis of variations in the size of homeless populations among the 3,141 counties of the nation. It contains one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date reviews of the literature on homelessness available. It integrates both epidemiological and policy variables in testing a range of theories concerning homelessness. Its conceptual framework, the underlying 'interdependency model', is both unique and comprehensive in its integration of diverse perspectives. The study tests several important new methodologies, uses some of the most up-to-date methods of multivariate data analysis available, such as structural equation modeling using LISREL, undergirded by in-depth analysis utilizing easily understood descriptive statistics, with a variety of tables and figures. The final chapter contains a detailed review of proposed strategies for ending homelessness, as well as a comprehensive set of policy recommendations.