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Nursing Student and Faculty Attitudes Toward People Who Are Homeless

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Objective: To explore the attitudes of nursing students and faculty toward people who are homeless. Methods: Data were collected from a convenience sample of 377 students and 45 faculty using attitude and knowledge scales. Results: Attitudes ranged from neutral to positive. Frequency of contact with people who were homeless and knowledge about homelessness were inversely related to attitude scores, but having helped a person who was homeless was positively related to attitude. Conclusion: More than superficial contact with people who are homeless is needed so that individuality is emphasized and more effective professional health care can be given.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Nursing, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. 2: Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Publication date: 1999-01-01

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