Rachel Rayburn conducts 25 year follow-up field research with homeless substance abusers

Rachel Rayburn, assistant professor of public policy, conducted field research in Louisiana during June. She collected data for year 25 of a follow-up study of 670 homeless substance abusers. The study aims to identify desistance variables in their lives.

The research is examining social bonds over the life course and the effect they have on individuals leaving lives of crime and homelessness. Very little research has been conducted to examine whether these same social bonds contribute to desistance from homelessness.

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