Year: 1994 Source: Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v.35, no.2, (June 1994), p.134-142 SIEC No: 19940585

Influences on psychological distress & suicidal thoughts were evaluated in a sample of 218 sheltered homeless adults. Levels of distress & suicidal thoughts were much higher than in the general population. Perceived social support lessened distress & ideation directly & also buffered homeless persons from the distress associated with traumatic experiences. Distress & suicidal thoughts were also associated with increased health problems. Distress itself increased suicidal ideation. (39 refs.)