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Family Homelessness Viewed Through the Lens of Health and Human Rights

Lee, Rebecca C. PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, CTN-A

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182537432
Health & Human Rights
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Families with children, many of whom are headed by a single mother, are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Guided by Leininger's Culture Care Theory and the ethnonursing research method, the purpose of this study was to discover the care meanings and expressions for a group of 12 Appalachian mothers living with their children in an urban homeless shelter. Reflected in each mother's words and embedded within the 3 universal themes that emerged was the need to be treated with human dignity and respect. This need was seen as vital to the health and well being of these families.

Guided by Leininger's Culture Care Theory and the ethnonursing research method, the purpose of this study was to discover the care meanings and expressions for a group of twelve Appalachian mothers living with their children in an urban homeless shelter. Reflected in each mothers' words was the need to be treated with human dignity and respect. This need was seen as vital to the health and well-being of these families.

College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Correspondence: Rebecca C. Lee, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, CTN-A, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, PO Box 210038, Cincinnati, OH 45221 (Rebecca.lee@uc.edu).

The study was supported through the International Association for Human Caring 2007 Leininger Award for Research.

The author thanks Edith Morris for guidance on dissertation study and also thanks Carrie Hall for editorial support in the preparation of the original manuscript.

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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