Quality of life and place attachment among people with severe mental illness
Journal article, 2015

This study investigated the extent to which perceived physical and social-environment qualities of supported housing facilities (SHF) account for variations in the perceived quality of life of people with severe mental illness (SMI). Based on a user-centered approach, people with SMI (N = 72) appraised the environment of their SHF (N = 20). Moreover, it investigated whether place attachment played a role in the relationship established between the environment of SHF and users' quality of life. Perceived physical and social-environment qualities predicted quality of life. Together the two factors accounted for approximately 32% of quality of life variance. Furthermore, attachment to place mediated this relationship. Implications for future planning of psychologically supportive facilities for this vulnerable group in society are discussed.

Author

Elizabeth Marcheschi

Chalmers, Architecture

Thorbjörn Laike

David Brunt

Lars Hansson

Maria Johansson

Journal of Environmental Psychology

0272-4944 (ISSN) 1522-9610 (eISSN)

Vol. 41 145-154

Subject Categories

Other Social Sciences