Privacy, meetings and rejections – a qualitative study of significant places, social relationships and activities in everyday life among young persons with psychiatric disabilities
Journal article, 2011
This study explores how young persons with psychiatric disabilities experience
everyday life according to places, social relationships and activities, using semistructured,
in-depth interviews and site-maps. Qualitative content analysis was
chosen for analyzing the interviews in comparison with information from the sitemaps.
Respondents spent most of their time in the private arena, in their own
homes, and the homes of their parents. Many also spent time in the semi-private
arena, in places such as day centres and care settings. Some also spent time in the
public arena, especially the neighbourhood. They experienced all three arenas
both positively and negatively and associated each one with self-determination
and community, as well as with demands and solitude. Young people’s activities
and experiences were formed by the various arenas and by their social relationships,
as well as by specific strategies for handling different situations.