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Bruce Ballon, Maritt Kirst, Patrick Smith
Objective: To explore how the nature youth expectancies (ie, their underlying attitudinal & motivational factors) influence help seeking behavioural patterns for Substance Use Problems (SUP). Method: Focus groups were conducted to...
Maritt J. Kirst, Patricia G. Erickson, Carol Strike
Street-involved youth experience high rates of alcohol and other drug use, which put them at risk for other health-related problems including substance dependence, infectious diseases, drug overdose and victimization. There is limited research on...
Ketan Shankardass, Aisha Lofters, Maritt Kirst, Carlos Quiñonez
Continued action is needed to tackle health inequalities in Canada, as those of lower income continue to be at higher risk for a range of negative health outcomes. There is arguably a lack of political will to implement policy change in this respect...
Tyler J. Frederick, Maritt Kirst, Patricia G. Erickson
A considerably higher rate of suicide exists among youth who are street-involved or homeless than among the general youth population. Research is needed to better understand the risk factors that predict suicidality within this vulnerable population...
Tyler J. Frederick, Maritt Kirst, Patricia G. Erickson
A considerably higher rate of suicide exists among youth who are street-involved or homeless than among the general youth population. Research is needed to better understand the risk factors that predict suicidality within this vulnerable population...
Myra Piat, Lauren Polvere, Maritt Kirst, Jijian Voronka, Denise Zabki
This qualitative study examined how homeless individuals with mental illness experience pathways into homelessness. Study participants were enrolled in the At Home/Chez Soi project, a Pan-Canadian Randomized Controlled Trial comparing the Housing...
Maritt Kirst, Suzanne Zerger, Vachan Misir, Stephen Hwang, Vicky Stergiopoulos
There is strong evidence that Housing First interventions are effective in improving housing stability and quality of life among homeless people with mental illness and addictions. However, there is very little evidence on the effectiveness of...
Maritt Kirst, Suzanne Zerger, Deborah Wise Harris, Erin Plenert, Vicky Stergiopoulos
Objectives Hope is widely embraced as an important factor in the recovery process. The role of housing in inspiring hope and facilitating recovery has been explored with homeless populations but is not well understood. This study...
Patricia O'Campo, Maritt Kirst, Nicole Schafer-McDaniel, Michelle Firestone, Allison Scott, Kelly McShane
This resource provides information about community-based services within the Toronto area in regards to co-occurring disorders. Consultations with community-based service providers in Toronto identified a lack of strong research evidence about...
Eric Macnaughton, Greg Townley, Geoffrey Nelson, Rachel Caplan, Timothy MacLeod, Lauren Polvere, Corinne Isaak, Maritt Kirst, Christopher McAll, Danielle Nolin, Michelle Patterson, Myra Piat, Paula Goering
ABSTRACT Qualitative narrative interviews were conducted with 195 participants with histories of homelessness and mental illness at baseline and at an 18-month follow-up. Participants were randomly assigned at baseline to Housing...
Geoffrey Nelson, Eric Macnaughton, Susan Eckerle Curwood, Nathalie Egalité, Jijian Voronka, Marie-Josée Fleury, Maritt Kirst, Linsay Flowers, Michelle Patterson, Michael Dudley, Myra Piat, Paula Goering
Planning the implementation of evidence-based mental health services entails commitment to both rigour and community relevance, which entails navigating the challenges of collaboration between professionals and community members in a planning...
Julia Woodhall-Melnik, James R. Dunn, Stephen Svenson, Sarah Hamilton-Wright, Caroline Patterson, Dean Waterfield, Maritt Kirst, Flora I. Matheson
Recent studies found that providing low threshold access to housing increased housing stability in individuals experiencing long-term homelessness. The Housing First model, traditionally designed to assist those with complex needs, has become...
Karen Urbanoski, Scott Veldhuizen, Michael Krausz, Christian Schütz, Julian M. Somers, Maritt Kirst, Marie-Josée Fleury, Vicky Stergiopoulos, Michelle Patterson, Verena Strehlau, Paula Goering
Evidence supports the effectiveness of Housing First (HF) programs for people who are experiencing homelessness and mental illness; however, questions remain about its use in people with comorbid substance use disorders (SUD). The aim of this...