This paper aims to describe and understand changes in social networks of residents living in a HF program. In this study researchers employed a longitudinal, convergent parallel mixed method design, collecting quantitative social network data through structured interviews (n = 13) and qualitative data through semi-structured interviews (n = 20). Results demonstrated a reduction in network size over the course of one year and increases in both network density and frequency of contact with network members. Interviews demonstrated a strengthening in the quality of relationships with family and housing providers and a shedding of burdensome and abusive relationships. The results suggest network decay is a possible indicator of participants’ recovery process as they discontinued negative relationships and strengthened positive ones.
Housing First Research Digest: Volume 8
Housing Social Work in Finland Welcome to the 8th volume of the Housing First Research Digest! This volume focuses on Housing First in Finland, through the lens of housing...Check it out here