Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology


This paper examines the characteristics of homeless mentally ill individuals in a midwest metropolitan area and describes the difficulties they encounter when trying to secure services that would help them change their situation. The study examines the role bureaucracy plays in the social problem of the homeless mentally ill. An ethnographic approach is used to study the question how is it that bureaucracy gets in its own way in attempting to meet the needs of the homeless mentally ill? Both demographic and observational data are provided in this study and the observational data indicate that certain aspects that are inherent to bureaucracy can create barriers to services for individuals who are in need of them.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Donna K. Wilson April, 1992