Orphans within our family
intergenerational trauma and homeless Aboriginal men.
by Peter M. Menzies
Written in English.
About the Book
This study sets forth recommendations for future research efforts and identifies possible areas for social policy direction in the area of Aboriginal homelessness. The study argues that there is no quick fix to Aboriginal homelessness, but rather a holistic approach is needed. Long-term support must be incorporated into the current range of responses, including housing, health and social programs. It must be recognized that, given the pervasive influence of trauma in their lives, it may take more than one generation to heal from experiences that have impacted the lives of Aboriginal people over several generations.Although Aboriginal people are over-represented among the homeless in urban centres across Canada, very little information exists to explain this phenomenon. There is increasing evidence from the growing number of mental health studies conducted in Aboriginal communities across North America to suggest that trauma is a critical contributor to an array of personal, family and community behaviours. Specifically, the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next has left some individuals without the necessary skills to deal with trauma within their own lives. This study used a qualitative methodology to explore the link between Aboriginal homelessness and intergenerational trauma. Through personal interviews with 16 Aboriginal men, who are using the services of an Aboriginal hostel in downtown Toronto, this study explores their personal and family histories, seeking links between personal homelessness and intergenerational trauma. Through interpreting the data from these interviews and from a focus group with other homeless men in the residence, the study isolates the indicators of intergenerational trauma within four domains: individual, family, community and nation. The indicators of intergenerational trauma within these domains are synthesized within the Intergenerational Trauma Model. The model is predicated on the assumption that public policies have disrupted relations between the four domains and the resulting trauma has incubated negative social conditions for Aboriginal people, making them significantly more vulnerable to a number of threatening conditions, including homelessness.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Toronto, 2005.
Electronic version licensed for access by U. of T. users.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-06, Section: A, page: 2406.
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