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    Paths to Homelessness: A Research Methodology

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    This 6 page paper outlines a project that focuses on the homeless and the underlying reasons that people become homeless. This project is based on the general assumption that it is possible to develop programming to improve conditions for the homeless. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

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    employed in this study is based on a qualitative design which provides a comparative view of the current literature (Greenhalgh, 2002). This type of methodology is most commonly referred to  as descriptive and is non-experimental in its base. Essentially, this type of qualitative research provides a comparative analysis of the current literature rather than employing other instruments, including a  research questionnaire or the assessment of a subject population. The basis for this type of non-experimental research study is the outlining of theories and models which provide a  structure through which assertions made in the current literature can be applied. Wright (1996) argued that "number counting and statistical techniques are not the central issues" (p. 64).  This is especially true when applying perspectives for political change to the issue of homelessness for understanding the emerging issues, and the development of a qualitative/comparative study is a beneficial  alternative to providing statistical representations. It can also be argued that comparative, qualitative reviews are more objective and more thorough than traditional descriptive reviews because their approach is more  systematic. A systematic approach allows for summaries of theories, ideas and background history that are more comprehensive and thorough, conclusions that are more generalisable, and more meaningful forecasts of change.  Subject Population The sample population in this study consisted of 25 subjects selected from the population of homeless individuals at area  soup-kitches, utilizing a response-criteria. The instrument will be given to the individuals demonstrating a willingness to participate in the survey and interviews will be utilized to provide information when  individuals cannot take written surveyes (approximate time for answering the questionnaire: 15 minutes). Questionnaire surveys will be distributed to the homeless individuals, men and women between 

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