Family Homelessness

Project CATCH is a local collaboration of all housing programs that serve families in Wake County, NC. Dr. Haskett assisted in writing the grant that originally funded CATCH and is a member of the Advisory Board. Our research team provides (non-remunerated) support for evaluation of CATCH. Among other services, CATCH staff provide developmental and mental health screening for children who are homeless; those data have been used to gain an understanding of the social-emotional needs of homeless children. Our partnership with CATCH allows our research team to be heavily involved in research, practice, and advocacy related to family homelessness. Our advocacy efforts extend to the state and national level.

Haskett, M. E., Perlman, S., & Cowan, B. A. (2013). Supporting families who are homeless: Current practices and future directions. NY: Springer.

Haskett, M. E., Tisdale, J., & Leonard, A. (in press). Interagency collaboration to promote mental health and development of children experiencing homelessness. Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice.

Haskett, M. E., Armstrong, J., & Tisdale, J. (2015). Developmental status and social-emotional functioning of young children experiencing homelessness. Early Childhood Education Journal, 44, 119-125. DOI 10.1007/s10643-015-0691-8

Donlon, P., Lake, J., Pope, E., Shaw, C., & Haskett, M. E. (2014). Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless (CATCH): Addressing the mental health and developmental needs of children experiencing homelessness. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 95, 163-170.

Haskett, M. E., Loehman, J., & Burkhart, K. (2014). Parenting interventions in shelter settings: A qualitative systematic review of the literature. Child and Family Social Work. doi:10.1111/cfs.12147. Online first posting, March 2014.

Perlman, S., Cowan, B., Gewirtz, A., Haskett, M. E., & Stokes, L. D. (2012). Promoting positive parenting in the context of homelessness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 402-412.

Okoniewski, K. C., & Haskett, M. E. (2015). Circle of Parents: Implementation of a mutual self-help parent support program in shelters. North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association newsletter. Fall 2015.

Gewirtz, A., Perlman, S. A., Cowan, B A., & Haskett, M. E. (2012). Promoting positive parenting in the context of homelessness. APA Section on Child Maltreatment newsletter, Winter 2012.

Haskett, M. E. (2016, July). Risk and resilience of young children experiencing homelessness. Invited session to be delivered at the annual National Research Conference on Early Childhood. Washington, DC.

Armstrong, J., & Haskett, M. E. (2015, November). Opportunities and challenges associated with family homelessness as an area of research and practice. Presentation at the Social Learning and the Family Preconference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Matthews, E., Teagle, T., Armstrong, J. M., & Haskett, M. E. (2015, April). Examining the relation between physical illness and developmental delay in young children experiencing homelessness. Poster presented at the annual North Carolina Psychological Association Conference, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Stegemoller, S., Everson, E., Davis, J., Haskett, M.E., Armstrong, J. M. (2015, April). Examining factors related to parent satisfaction of Triple P delivered in shelters. Poster presented at the North Carolina Psychological Association Conference, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Anderson, A., Gregory, S., Haskett, M. E., & Tisdale, J. (2015, April). Collaboration to deliver parenting interventions in shelters and transitional housing programs for families experiencing homelessness. Poster presented at the annual North Carolina Parent Educator Network Conference, Wilmington, NC.

Beebe, S., Davis, A., & Haskett, M. E. (2014, April). Gender differences in development of children who are homeless. Poster presented at the annual North Carolina Psychological Association spring conference, Charlotte, NC.

Hida, R., Kilgo, K., Farrar, K., & Haskett, M. E. (2014, April). Differences in adjustment of children experiencing homelessness and children experiencing interpersonal violence and homelessness. Poster presented at the NCSU Student Research Symposium. Raleigh, NC.

Okoniewski, K.C., Haskett, M.E., Loehman, J., Gregory, S.D., & Tisdale, J. (2014, November) Circle of Parents: Implementation of a mutual self-help support program in shelters for parents experiencing homelessness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association, Greensboro, NC. 

Okoniewski, K. C., Leonard, A. E., Budnick, K., & Haskett, M. E. (2014, October). Community Action Targeting Children who are Homeless (CATCH): A public initiative supporting the mental health of children experiencing homelessness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North Carolina School Psychology Association, Asheville, NC. 

Armstrong, J., Loehman, J., & Haskett, M. E. (2014, August). Developmental and mental health status of children who are homeless. In M. E. (Chair) Promoting the well-being of children and parents who are experiencing homelessness. Symposium presented at the 122nd annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

Haskett, M. E., Loehman, J., Burkhart, K. (2014, January). Parenting interventions in shelter settings: A review of the literature. In S. Perlman (Chair), Supporting families experiencing homelessness. Symposium presented at Beyond Housing: A National Conversation on Child Homelessness and Poverty. New York, NY

Haskett, M. E. (2013, November). Supporting the parenting of mothers experiencing homelessness: Results of the CATCH Project. Invited presentation conducted at the annual conference of the People‚Äôs Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Armstrong, J., Racz, L., & Haskett, M. E. (2013, October). Developmental status of children experiencing homelessness. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the NC School Psychology Association, Cary, NC.

Leonard, A., Schaefer, L., & Haskett, M. E. (2013, October). The McKinney-Vento Act: Implications for practice of school psychology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the NC School Psychology Association, Cary, NC.

Dr. Haskett is a member of the National Coalition on Homeless Youth and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The YRBS is a survey administered every odd year to middle and high school students in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control coordinates with state education and health agencies to administer the survey. The YRBS could be a very useful tool to identify rates of homelessness among youth, as reported by the youth themselves. Current methods to measure homelessness likely result in gross underestimates. Dr. Haskett led an advocacy group to request that the NC Department of Public Instruction add two housing questions to the 2015 YRBS; one question was added. We recently obtained the 2015 survey data from DPI, and will begin full analyses soon. Initial analyses indicate that the rates of youth homelessness among high school students in NC (5.8%) is similar to rates in other states.

The National Coalition was successful in advocating with the CDC to include two housing-related questions on their 2017 optional question list. Dr. Haskett participated in a webinar to educate others about adding housing questions to the YRBS; the webinar was sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth and is available online.