About the Session:
Challenges related to mental health, illicit substance use, and limited employment prospects are identified as cumulative risk factors that end in homelessness for lone mothers. In Prince Edward Island, Canada, more than 20,000 people were treated for mental illness between the years 2001 and 2011, with 57% being women. Rates of mood and anxiety disorders including depression have also been slowly increasing since 2006, with the majority of diagnoses occurring in women. Compounding these challenges, the unemployment rate for PEI was 11.1% in 2015, which was significantly higher than the national rate of 6.8%. Lone mothers also frequently have to choose part-time and seasonal work in order to be free for other family responsibilities.This paper presentation will focus on preliminary data analysis of doctoral research being conducted with lone mothers experiencing homelessness, to better understand how they manage in response to their circumstances in PEI, Canada’s smallest province.
Janis MacLellan-Peters is an Assistant Professor in the University of Prince Edward Island School of Nursing, and a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta. Janis’ research interests include homelessness among local, national, and international populations, skin-to-skin maternal-infant bonding, and the use
of Computer Based Technology for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT4CBT) for persons with addictions.