Homeless mentally ill veterans: race, service use, and treatment outcomes

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1997 Oct;67(4):632-8. doi: 10.1037/h0080260.


Comparisons of service use and treatment outcomes for 145 black and 236 white homeless veterans with mental disorders showed few differences. A greater improvement in psychiatric symptoms and alcohol problems among white than black veterans did not hold true when black veterans had participated in the residential treatment component of the program. The implications of the findings for the successful treatment of homeless black veterans are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Homeless Persons / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Residential Treatment
  • Veterans / psychology*
  • Whites / psychology*