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The suitability of the sheltersuit : the effects of the sheltersuit on the quality of the relationship between the homeless and Tactus.

Stratum, F.L. van (2019) The suitability of the sheltersuit : the effects of the sheltersuit on the quality of the relationship between the homeless and Tactus.

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Abstract:To help the homeless, the organization Sheltersuit fabricates sheltersuits, a water- and windproof coat combined with a sleeping bag, to sleep in the streets. Sheltersuit wants to deposit these sheltersuits to relief organizations such as Tactus, which offer homeless night shelter. This research studied the effect of the providing of the sheltersuits on the quality of the relationship between Tactus’ professionals and homeless. The Inductive Content Analysis showed that homeless feel very negative about using the night shelter while professionals feel the opposite. Both groups find the sheltersuit a useful product, which should be handed out to homeless who really need one and refuse to sleep in the shelter. Relative small effects of the sheltersuit were found, like creating contact or to ensure further contact and seeing professionals as more friendly and helpful. The suit also improves the quality of life of homeless and enlarges the feeling of rest for caregivers. Homeless who received a sheltersuit accept boundaries from professionals more easily and get angry less quickly. The only negative effect of the suit seemed to be trading and selling the suit. The results of this research are of importance for their use in practice.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Sheltersuit, Enschede, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77721
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