The paper "Impact of Homelessness on Women Veterans" is a wonderful example of an outline on social science. Homelessness is one of the most rampant problems in society today. Unfortunately, it is also one of the problems that are least understood. It is the misconceptions about homelessness that perhaps make it so serious, especially for women veterans considering their unique situation. Introduction: This paper speaks about the issues of homelessness especially among female veterans, and the unique situations that make homelessness a particularly rampant problem within this demographic. Defining homelessness: The paper will first begin by identifying homelessness as an issue and defining it.
It will then place it in the context of veterans, especially female veterans. The likelihood of a woman veteran ending up homeless is up to 4 times more than non-veteran (Washington, et al. , 2010). Risk factors: After introducing the topic, the paper will go on to highlight the risk factors for homelessness among female veterans(Washington, et al. , 2010). This section discusses the nature of social support veterans receive, as well as the problems they face a lack of employment opportunities and drug and substance use (Tsai & Rosenheck, 2015).
Effects of homelessness: After the discussion of risk factors, the next step will be focusing on the problems that the veterans face during or as a result of the homelessness (Byrne, Montgomery, & Dichter, 2013). Several outcomes will be discussed here, ranging from social to psychological and physical outcomes (Tsai et. al., 2012). Mental illnesses are one of the issues veterans grapple with. For female veterans, it is both a risk factor and a result of homelessness(Jackson, 2013). Psychiatric disorders that come as a result of the military service and as a result of the homelessness that is likely to come afterward for the women veterans will be an important part of the paper.
Substance abuse: Women veterans are faced with unsafe situations as a result of PTSD and substance abuse. This paper will address how this then results in outcomes like self-destructive behavior or unhealthy social networks (Desai et. al., 2008). Barriers: The final section of the paper will deal with the barriers when it comes to helping homeless women veterans overcome their homelessness and the associated issues, and how they to break these barriers.
Patient perpetrated violence: Given their history and the psychological issues they face after war, violence and violent conduct as a treatment barrier will be one of the main focus areas (Semeah et. al., 2017). Issues with palliative care: Another particular issue that veterans face is that of declining health. This paper will discuss how the particular structural barriers they face get in the way of the continuity of care they might receive. For instance, the paper will discuss how the VA, in particular, has strict guidelines and requirements that sometimes get in the way of care from community collaborators (Hutt, Albright, & Dischinger, 2018).
Reproductive health issues: The paper will also look into reproductive and sexual health issues that homeless veterans face, especially seeing as it is rarely ever discussed as an issue. Veteran women have a high chance of illnesses related to pregnancy. This paper will, therefore, discuss the prospect of and barriers related to homeless veterans’ reproductive health (Gawron, et al. , 2017).
Conclusion: The post 9/11 era has seen situations change that have encouraged more women veterans to enlist in the military. This then means that when they are discharged, they face issues unique to them, particularly homelessness (Metraux et. al., 2017). However, not enough has been done in the way of research into problems that are unique to female veterans. This paper hopes to fill this research gap.