Psychosocial predictors of rule following in hostels for women experiencing homelessness

White, Katherine M. & Wood, Maria (2011) Psychosocial predictors of rule following in hostels for women experiencing homelessness. Journal of Community Psychology, 39(3), pp. 258-273.

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This study examined the psychosocial factors impacting upon the rule-following behaviour of residents of a hostel providing crisis accommodation to women who are homeless. After their arrival, residents of a women’s hostel (N = 83) completed questionnaires assessing the Theory of Planned Behaviour constructs of attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioural control (PBC), and intentions related to rule-following while residing at the hostel. Perceived resident group norms for rule-following were assessed also. Follow-up staff evaluations of the target behaviour were completed after participants ceased their hostel residence. As expected, attitude, subjective norm, PBC, and group norm significantly predicted intention to follow hostel rules, and intention and PBC predicted rule following behaviour. As rule following is a crucial requirement for continuation of their stay, these findings can inform strategies to improve the experiences and outcomes of women’s short-term hostel stays.

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ID Code: 46598
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Homelessness, Women's Hostels, Theory of Planned Behaviour, Group Norms
DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20430
ISSN: 0090-4392
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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Deposited On: 25 Oct 2011 00:04
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2012 07:06

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