Academic Disciplines fro Homelessness

by AlexeKantchev on March 26, 2017 - 9:20pm

For a few weeks now, I have been doing research on an important on-going issue: Homelessness. I have read many journal articles to find information and statistics to fully grasp the extant of the issue. However, news cannot compare to scholarly journals in their accuracy and truthfulness. Therefore, this week, I have found different articles and looked at the fields of research the authors used to make their findings. Here are 3 of the academic disciplines that can be used to collect data on homelessness.


Discipline 1:

Public Health


Based on the definition the University of Pittsburg give, “public health is defined as the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention.”


This discipline is useful to make the homeless community by educating them, making their way of living safer by informing them and giving them shelters.


Public Health definition:


Discipline 2:

Clinical Psychology


Based on the definition the University of McGill gives, “clinical psychology refers to both a professional discipline and an area of research focused on the assessment, etiology, prevention, and treatment of psychological and behavioral dysfunction. Given the integration of basic and clinical research in the department, clinical issues are approached from a number of different perspectives, and there is often overlap with other research areas such as behavioral neuroscience, cognitive science, developmental psychology, personality and social psychology.”


This discipline is useful for homeless people who are struggling with a drug addiction, depression or any other mental disease that lead them to become homeless. By using clinical psychology, these people can treated and helped getting back on the right track and have a healthier life.


Clinical Psychology definition:



Discipline 3:

Social Work


Bases on the definition the site MyMajor gives, Social Work is “a program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.”


This discipline can be useful for people to work with hard cases. It can also be used to work with youth homelessness and drug addicts since those people can be considered as vulnerable individuals. Also, it can help deal with people who do not want to be helped at first and the social workers are trained to work professionally with those hard cases.


Social Work definition: