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The impact of trauma on mental health in people experiencing homelessness: a qualitative study exploring the role of system factors and social networks

Emma Adams  (Principal Investigator)

This study involved colleagues from Newcastle University, University of Edinburgh, and people with lived experience.


Trauma commonly occurs before and as a result of homelessness. Trauma can be an experience (physical or emotional) that is life-threatening, harmful, or out of the ordinary and has lasting impacts on all aspects of wellbeing. Addressing homelessness and trauma requires us to look at more than the individual to consider the role of social networks (e.g. number and level of support among friends) and system factors (e.g. lack of income, lack of access to support, care requirements). Yet there is a gap in understanding the role these have in helping or making mental health worse when people experiencing homelessness face trauma. We will be exploring this through a series of smaller studies.





This study is ongoing. Findings will be shared as they are available.


This study is ongoing. Recommendations will be shared as they are available.

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Emma Adams (Doctoral Research Fellow, NU-010978) is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research for this research project. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author and not necessarily those of the NIHR, NHS, or the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

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