Social Factors Linked to Homelessness

by mobraitis14 on March 13, 2014 - 11:30pm


Homelessness is becoming a serious issue in the United States. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision making has done research on analyzing the impacts of social orders on homelessness. Studying the major reasons that causes homelessness is a start to try and minimize the amount of homeless in the U.S.. Major social forces such as addiction, family breakdown, and mental illness are being researched as major causes towards homelessness. The Fuzzy Cognitive Map is the research design method the BMC team is using to evaluate the research. This research method uses graphical understanding of social issues and simulations to try and understand social policies connected to homelessness and minimize it at every cost. The first case shown in the research shows results that family breakdown, mental illness, and addiction are most likely scenarios that could lead to homelessness. When family breakdown, mental illness, and addiction are put together levels of homelessness rise dramatically. The second case shows that education and homelessness are tightly linked. Not saying if you do not get a decent education you will be homeless, but it does show that there is a higher percentage of homeless people with little to no education.


I think homelessness is a serious problem that is becoming more relevant in our country. I chose this article because it shows research on specific reasons why there may be more homeless people now than in past years. Like most things, if we know what is causing the problem we can more than likely find a solution? The article by BMC Medical Informatics and Decision making has studies proving mental illness, addiction, and family breakdown are all linked to homelessness. I agree with this, most homeless people are homeless because the have no family or home, which could be caused because they are drug addicts and have no money left or because they have a mental illness and no way of keeping a job which would prohibit them from making money. It is sad to think of this but it’s true that a highly educated healthy adult would most likely not be homeless. This research proves these causes are leading factors and the next step is finding ways to prevent these things and find homes or get help for these people that are in need. This will not solve the problem and save all homeless people, but it is a good start to hopefully a better future.


Mago, V. K., Morden, H. K., Fritz, C., Wu, T., Namazi, S., Geranmayeh, P., & ... Dabbaghian, V. (2013). Analyzing the impact of social factors on homelessness: a Fuzzy Cognitive Map approach. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making, 13(1), 1-19. doi:10.1186/1472-6947-13-94