‘Too Far Gone’: Dyslexia, Homelessness and Pathways into Drug Use and Drug Dependency

Macdonald, Stephen J, Deacon, Lesley and Merchant, Jacqueline (2016) ‘Too Far Gone’: Dyslexia, Homelessness and Pathways into Drug Use and Drug Dependency. Insights on Learning Disabilities, 13 (2). pp. 117-134. ISSN 1949-1212

4.%20dyslexia%20homelessness%20and%20drug%20use%20-%20revision%208%20October%2010.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (380kB) | Preview
[img] PDF (Administrator use only)
6898.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (412kB) | Request a copy

Search Google Scholar


The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between dyslexia, homelessness, drug use and drug dependency. We analyzed data from the “Multiple Exclusion Homelessness Across the United Kingdom Survey,” a national survey that collected data from 443 respondents who have experienced some form of homelessness in the U.K. Our particular interest lied in the different experiences of drug use and drug dependency, comparing homeless people with dyslexia and homeless people without dyslexia. The study reveals that people with dyslexia are overrepresented within the survey’s homeless population. Furthermore, the findings indicate that there is an increase in dependency problems as well as significant mental health problems for respondents with dyslexia compared to the non-dyslexic homeless control group. The results show that dyslexic respondents were more likely to use methadone, more susceptible to self-harm, and reported an increase in suicide attempts compared with the non-dyslexic control group.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Social Sciences
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Callum Williams
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 09:45
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 15:39
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6898
ORCID for Stephen J Macdonald: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4409-9535

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year