The Meaning of Life and Resilience in the Self of Homeless Ex-Prisoners on Jalan Chow Kit

Makna Hidup dan Daya Ketahanan dalam Diri Gelandangan Bekas Banduan di Jalan Chow Kit


  • Mohd Alif Jasni Fakulti Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, 43600 Selangor, MALAYSIA
  • Nazirah Hassan Pusat Pengajian Psikologi Gunaan, Dasar dan Kerja Sosial, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, 06010, Kedah, MALAYSIA
  • Fauziah ibrahim Institute for Psychotherapy, Correctional & Rehabilitation (iPSYCORE), Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok 06010, Kedah, MALAYSIA
  • Mohammad Rahim Kamaluddin Pertubuhan Kebajikan Ar-Riqab Kuala Lumpur, Menara Putra, 15-02-08, Lorong Tiong Nam 5, Chow Kit, 50350 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA



street life, meaning in life, resilience, homeless ex -prisoners, Jalan Chow Kit


Life on the streets presents various challenges to the life journey of a homeless ex-prisoner. The absence of support system and the failure to meet adequate basic needs have made these homeless ex-prisoners continue to live in a stressful life and harm. This kind of situation actually form the meaning of life because of the life pressure that they have gone through. It is caused by their life and environment they live in until they form their own meaning of life. The challenges of life also require them to develop resilience in facing life as homeless and surrounding presuures. Therefore, a qualitative study was conducted by interviewing 15 homeless ex-prisoners around Chow Kit Road. The findings find two main themes. For the first theme which is the meaning in life, the study obtains related sub-themes about living a normal life, accepting the reality of life (surrender and contentment), trying to ensure survival by showing feelings of dissapointment. Furthermore, the study finds that in terms of the form of self-resilience, it shows sub-themes such as adaptability, resilience can change over time and organize themselves in the face of unpleasant events. The results of the findings can be used to gain knowledge about the homelesse ex-prisoners as important subject research to be emphasized. The life of homeless ex-prisoners leads to their challenging living conditions while on the streets.


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How to Cite

Jasni, M. A., Hassan, N., ibrahim, F., & Kamaluddin, M. R. (2022). The Meaning of Life and Resilience in the Self of Homeless Ex-Prisoners on Jalan Chow Kit: Makna Hidup dan Daya Ketahanan dalam Diri Gelandangan Bekas Banduan di Jalan Chow Kit. Perspektif Jurnal Sains Sosial Dan Kemanusiaan, 14(2), 27–43.