Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center faculty and Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, co-authored an article, "Does Context Matter? Examining the Mental Health Among Homeless People," which was published online in June in the Community Mental Health Journal.
The co-authors are Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and Elizabeth Miller, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon, Eugene.
The study examines how place and social capital interact to influence depressive symptomology among the homeless. The research occurred in two very distinct locales in two different states, Birmingham, Alabama (urban) and Northwest Arkansas (suburban/rural). Social capital refers to the social networks and relationships an individual is involved in.