UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Publication Date


Document Type



Homeless Persons; Residential Mobility; Psychological Tests; Psychometrics


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Reliable and valid longitudinal residential histories are needed to assess interventions to reduce homelessness and increase community tenure. This study examined the test-retest reliability, sensitivity to change, and concurrent validity of the Residential Time-Line Follow-Back (TLFB) Inventory, a method used to record residential histories in the Collaborative Program to Prevent Homelessness (n = 1,381). The Residential TLFB Inventory yielded temporally stable aggregate measures of duration in residential categories, and it revealed significant differences in change over time when contrasting study groups. A comparison of agency and participant data at one site.

DOI of Published Version



Tsemberis, S., McHugo, G., Williams, V., Hanrahan, P. and Stefancic, A. (2007), Measuring homelessness and residential stability: The residential time-line follow-back inventory. Journal of Community Psychology, 35: 29–42. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20132. Link to article on publisher's website

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Community Psychology



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