There but for Fortune: A Therapeutic Recreation Perspective on the Homeless in America

Authors

  • Robin Kunstler

Keywords:

Nomelessness, Therapeutic Recreation

Abstract

Homelessness is a major social problem in the United States, affecting two to three million people. The homeless are a diverse group with multiple needs. Definitions and descriptions of the homeless population are provided. Causes of homelessness and goals of public policy are discussed. Services are required that offer emotional support, substance abuse treatment, health care, social and vocational skills training, and recreation and leisure education. Several therapeutic recreation models are presented that can aid in overcoming social isolation of people who are homeless and negative attitudes of society.

Published

1991-04-01

Issue

Section

Regular Papers