Date of Degree


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Juan Battle

Committee Members

Lynda Olender

Jessie Daniels

Subject Categories

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing


trauma, C-PTSD, PTSD, homeless women, Black homeless women, homelessness, trauma exposure


Based on the extensive levels of trauma exposure and the need to provide effective mental health treatment for homeless women and their families, this dissertation was conducted to better understand trauma-related psychological distress and associated mental health outcomes among Black homeless women. More specifically, this study’s researcher examined a national sample of homeless women using three theoretical frameworks (Social Determinants of Health, Critical Race Theory, and Intersectionality), conducting a secondary analysis of the Mental Health Client Level-2018 dataset from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and employing hierarchical logistic regression modeling to examine the relative impact of access to care, mental health indicators, and key demographics on the diagnosis of a trauma disorder. Further, to interrogate how these relationships might operate differently across two races, this study’s researcher first analyzed the data sample for Black and White women collectively, then separately for White and Black women.

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