Privacy, meetings and rejections – a qualitative study of significant places, social relationships and activities in everyday life among young persons with psychiatric disabilities
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 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.

psychiatric disability

everyday life

social relationships

significant places


Elisabeth Olin

Göteborgs universitet

Monica Nordström

Göteborgs universitet

Helle Wijk

Göteborgs universitet

Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research

1501-7419 (ISSN) 1745-3011 (eISSN)

Vol. 13 2 135-150


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