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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32517

Title: Finding Meaning in Place: The Perspectives of People with Severe Mental Illness Living Long Term in a Psychiatric Hospital
Authors: Amoroso, Bice
Advisor: Kirsh, Bonnie
Polatajko, Helene J.
Department: Rehabilitation Science
Keywords: place
severe mental illness
Issue Date: 24-Jul-2012
Abstract: This study explored the perspectives on place of eight people with severe mental illness living, for one year or longer, in an urban psychiatric hospital. The research questions were: how do people with severe mental illness view the psychiatric hospital as place?; and how do they make meaning of the experience of living in hospital. The research employed a phenomenological approach, as described by Giorgi (1985). Using purposive sampling, one time, semi-structured, individual interviews were conducted. The audio recorded interviews were transcribed and thematically coded using Giorgi’s (2005) method. The meanings of the participants’ experiences are captured by the meta-theme: this is not a home; it’s a hospital. Four additional major themes emerged; and each of the major themes also had sub-themes The findings of this study challenged commonly held assumptions on how people living long term in a psychiatric hospital view the hospital as place and on institutionalization.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32517
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