Public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about homeless people: Evidence for compassion fatigue?

  title={Public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about homeless people: Evidence for compassion fatigue?},
  author={Bruce G. Link and Sonia Schwartz and R E Moore and Jo C. Phelan and Elmer L. Struening and Ann Stueve and Mary Ellen Colten},
  journal={American Journal of Community Psychology},
Media reports suggest that the public is becoming impatient with the homeless—that so-called “compassion fatigue” has gripped the nation. This characterization of public sentiment could have important policy consequences—restrictive measures can be justified by growing public impatience, and progressive housing policies seem infeasible within a hostile climate of opinion. But evidence to support the compassion fatigue notion is anecdotal. We examine the issue by tracking the results of public… 
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