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Experiences of housing support in everyday life for persons with schizophrenia and the role of the media from a societal perspective
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health promotion and disease prevention.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9753-0988
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), The Wigforss Group.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3084-9593
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 11, 30571Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The mental health-care system in Sweden, as in many other counties, has its main focus on the reduction of psychiatric symptoms and the prevention of relapses. People diagnosed with schizophrenia often have significant health issues and experience reduced well-being in everyday life. The social imaginary of mental illness as an imbalance of the brain has implications concerning general attitudes in society. The news media are an important source of information on psychiatric disorders and have an important role in cultivating public perceptions and stigma. News media can contribute to the mental illness stigma and place individuals with mental illnesses at risk of not receiving adequate care and support.

The aim of this preliminary study was to describe users’ experiences of housing support in everyday life.

Results: The results revealed three themes of housing support, which were needed, but frequently insufficiently fulfilled in the municipality. The three themes were: ‘‘Support to Practice Healthy Routines in Daily Life,’’ ‘‘Support to Shape Meaningful Contents in Everyday Life,’’ and ‘‘Support to Meet Needs of Integrity and Respect.’’

Conclusions: The findings support previous studies arguing that current health care and housing support fails to meet basic needs and may lead to significant and unnecessary health risks. Further investigation is needed regarding the links between attitudes to mental illness in society and political and financial principles for health care and housing support for persons with schizophrenia. Further research is needed regarding the role of the media in policymaking concerning health promotion interventions for people diagnosed with schizophrenia. © 2016 H. Jormfeldt & M. Hallén.

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Järfälla: Co-Action Publishing , 2016. Vol. 11, 30571
Keyword [en]
Housing support, media, narratives, persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, social sciences
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Media and Communications Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30941DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v11.30571PubMedID: 27167557OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30941DiVA: diva2:930528
Available from: 2016-05-24 Created: 2016-05-24 Last updated: 2016-07-05Bibliographically approved

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