Title

Understanding Implementation of Best Practices for Working With the Older Homeless Through the Lens of Self-Determination Theory

Keywords

homelessness, self-determination, best practices

Abstract

Five in-depth, semistructured interviews on what constitutes best practices were conducted with key professionals experienced in serving the homeless population. A practice model emerged from the interviews wherein client self-determination was considered a keystone. Self-determination theory was then used as a framework for understanding the best practices that emerged, and the relationship between client self-determination and positive outcomes. Implications are discussed for the older homeless, highlighting that although general best practices are applicable for this subgroup, the unique factors of an aging homeless population must be incorporated into best practice discussions.

Original Publication Citation

Dennis, C. B., McCallion, P., & Ferretti, L. A. (2012). Understanding implementation of best practices for working with the older homeless through the lens of self-determination theory. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55(4), 352–366.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2012-05-10

Publisher

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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