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Homeless families in England report high levels of depression

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7453.1396-c (Published 10 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1396
  1. Tiago Villanueva
  1. BMJ

    Depression is one of the main problems affecting the health of people living in temporary accommodation, according to a report by Shelter, a UK organisation dedicated to tackling homelessness and bad housing.

    The report is based on a survey conducted by Shelter of 2000 homeless households (single people and families). A total of 417 households, from nine local authorities in London, the South East, South West, North, and Midlands, replied to the survey. Of the 375 households who responded to the specific section on health 78% reported at least one specific health problem.

    Fifty six per cent of the 375 respondents reported feeling depressed. Around half of the parents with children and 71% of childless people reported feeling depressed.

    In its report Shelter said that there were many reasons for the respondents' depression, including the current …

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