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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9227

Resumen

GRANDON F., Pamela et al. Characterization of homeless persons with mental health problems, that are in the Bío Bío Region. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2018, vol.56, n.2, pp.89-99. ISSN 0717-9227.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/s0717-92272018000200089.

Introduction:

The objective of the study was to determine the socio-demographic characteristics, the use of nets, the self-perception of health, needs and resources of persons in streets with problems of mental health or problematic consumption of alcohol and/or drugs, in the Bio Bio region (Chile).

Method:

Between the months of December 2014 and March 2015, information was obtained from a sample of convenience of 65 homeless persons with a history of mental problems, linked to programs of the Secretaría Regional Ministerial (SEREMI) of social development. Socio-demographic characterization instruments were used, the Maristán Scale of Needs and Inventory of Resources for Homeless People.

Results:

The General characteristics of the sample include being male, with an average age of 41 years. The sample is characterized by low scholastic level and conditions of job instability, as well as a regular perception of physical and mental health. People have more needs health, work, use of the free time, and existentials, that of everyday life. The State and the family are the main sources of support for this population.

Conclusions:

The findings of this research, allow a first approach to the socio-demographic profile, perception of health and needs of the homeless persons with mental health problems and/or problematic abuse of alcohol and/or drugs. From the results it is possible to determine a baseline for future programmes in the region. Rev Chil Neuro-Psiquiat 2018; 56 (2): 89-99

Palabras clave : Homeless Persons; Mental Disorders; Mental Health; Needs.

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