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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156676
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Tornado of Mental Illness
Abstract:
The Tornado of Mental Illness
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Forchuk, Cheryl, RN, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:London Health Sciences Centre
Title:Professor/Scientist
Co-Authors:Catherine Ward-Griffin, RN, PhD; Rick Csiernik, MSW, RSW, PhD; Katherine Turner, BA, LLB, CED, (dip)
Objective : To explore experiences of psychiatric consumer/survivors in relation to housing and identify potential solutions to difficulties encountered by this vulnerable population. Problem: De-institutionalization, health system restructuring, and movement toward supported community living for persons with severe mental illness have created the necessity for a comprehensive understanding of needs, gaps and barriers to acquiring and maintaining housing. Method/Design: An inductive qualitative study resulting in a model of a tornado to describe experience. Open-ended questions were explored with each of nine focus groups. Focus groups were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. Two note-takers were present to record field notes. Transcripts were reviewed and analyzed for themes. An ethnographic method of analysis was used. An analogy of a tornado was used to describe the upheaval and loss encountered by many psychiatric survivors. Population, Sample, Setting: Focus groups were conducted in urban and rural areas in South-Western Ontario over a two month time-period during the summer of 2002. Each group was comprised of eight to ten participants, five groups being of mixed gender and four single gender groups. All participants were psychiatric consumer/survivors. Findings: Analysis revealed three tiers: 1.Struggling to survive, 2.Surviving, 3.Beginning to rebuild. People move between each of the tiers. Like a tornado, columns are not straight, but twist and turn with different widths at different points. Various sub-themes emerged within the tiers and included: loss, destruction, addressing basic needs, obtaining rights, living in fear, identifying supports, seeking services, trying to hold/create relationships, control by external forces, finding personal space/place, and stability of housing/tenancy. Conclusions/Implications: Persons with severe mental illness are at risk of losing their housing tenure, living in substandard housing or being placed in inappropriate housing. Nursing and other professionals will benefit from understanding such issues, and may apply this knowledge in working toward improved outcomes for this population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Tornado of Mental Illnessen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156676-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Tornado of Mental Illness</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Forchuk, Cheryl, RN, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">London Health Sciences Centre</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor/Scientist</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cforchuk@uwo.ca</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Catherine Ward-Griffin, RN, PhD; Rick Csiernik, MSW, RSW, PhD; Katherine Turner, BA, LLB, CED, (dip)</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective : To explore experiences of psychiatric consumer/survivors in relation to housing and identify potential solutions to difficulties encountered by this vulnerable population. Problem: De-institutionalization, health system restructuring, and movement toward supported community living for persons with severe mental illness have created the necessity for a comprehensive understanding of needs, gaps and barriers to acquiring and maintaining housing. Method/Design: An inductive qualitative study resulting in a model of a tornado to describe experience. Open-ended questions were explored with each of nine focus groups. Focus groups were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. Two note-takers were present to record field notes. Transcripts were reviewed and analyzed for themes. An ethnographic method of analysis was used. An analogy of a tornado was used to describe the upheaval and loss encountered by many psychiatric survivors. Population, Sample, Setting: Focus groups were conducted in urban and rural areas in South-Western Ontario over a two month time-period during the summer of 2002. Each group was comprised of eight to ten participants, five groups being of mixed gender and four single gender groups. All participants were psychiatric consumer/survivors. Findings: Analysis revealed three tiers: 1.Struggling to survive, 2.Surviving, 3.Beginning to rebuild. People move between each of the tiers. Like a tornado, columns are not straight, but twist and turn with different widths at different points. Various sub-themes emerged within the tiers and included: loss, destruction, addressing basic needs, obtaining rights, living in fear, identifying supports, seeking services, trying to hold/create relationships, control by external forces, finding personal space/place, and stability of housing/tenancy. Conclusions/Implications: Persons with severe mental illness are at risk of losing their housing tenure, living in substandard housing or being placed in inappropriate housing. Nursing and other professionals will benefit from understanding such issues, and may apply this knowledge in working toward improved outcomes for this population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T15:01:04Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T15:01:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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