Factors associated with homelessness and its medical issues among urban Malaysians : a qualitative research / Nurul Mahfuzah Ahmad Yani … [et al.]

Ahmad Yani, Nurul Mahfuzah and Zahari, Nur Zakirah and Abu Samah, Nur Fatini Haziqah and Mohamed Azahar, Muhammad Ammar Faidhi and Yasin, Siti Munira and Ahmad Saman, Mohd Shahril and Mohd Noor, Nor Aini (2016) Factors associated with homelessness and its medical issues among urban Malaysians : a qualitative research / Nurul Mahfuzah Ahmad Yani … [et al.]. Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences, 1 (1). pp. 46-58. ISSN 01827-984X

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Abstract

Introduction: Homelessness continues to exist in our country even though we hear of various
initiatives that have been put in place to solve this ongoing issue. The objectives of this study
are, first, to explore factors that lead to homelessness, second, to determine the associated
medical conditions and third, to shed light on the views of homeless individuals regarding their
future perspectives. Methods: This study employed the use of a qualitative research method in
analysing the experiences of 24 homeless individuals. It will detail the causes that have led to
the respondents’ homelessness and their future plans. Results: From the research conducted,
it was found that the factors that lead to homelessness are family disorganization, job loss and
underemployment, not having a place to call home and attitude problems. The future plans of
the 24 respondents can be divided into several broad themes – finding a job, finding their
families, finding a better shelter home and seeking for knowledge, while some had no obvious
plans. Most of the 24 individuals had no knowledge of their own medical conditions.
Conclusions: Initiatives from people with authority or organizations dedicated to working on
issues of homelessness are not enough to prevent this condition from occurring. People who
are homeless must themselves be willing to change their attitudes while family members must
care and be responsible for their own families. Health awareness is very important and the
occurrence of communicable diseases such as tuberculosis can be prevented if more attention
is given to health.

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Item Type: Article
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Ahmad Yani, Nurul Mahfuzah
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Zahari, Nur Zakirah
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Abu Samah, Nur Fatini Haziqah
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Mohamed Azahar, Muhammad Ammar Faidhi
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Yasin, Siti Munira
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Ahmad Saman, Mohd Shahril
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Mohd Noor, Nor Aini
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > Personal health and hygiene. Including clothing, bathing, exercise, travel, nutrition, sleep, sex hygiene > Homeless persons
R Medicine > RC Internal Medicine > Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > Psychiatry > Homeless persons
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Medicine
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Clinical and Health Sciences (JCHS)
ISSN: 01827-984X
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 46-58
Official URL: http://jchs-medicine.uitm.edu.my/
Item ID: 14935
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homeless adults, urban homeless, medical issues, homelessness factors, JCHS, UiTM
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/14935

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