Rebuilding lives and identities: The role of place in recovery among persons with complex needs

Bikki Tran Smith, Deborah K. Padgett, Mimi Choy-Brown, Benjamin F. Henwood

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Abstract

Photo-elicitation interviews (PEIs) were conducted to explore the role of place in recovery - specifically, narrative identity reconstruction - among persons with complex needs. PEIs with 17 formerly homeless adults with co-occurring disorders in New York City produced 243 photos. Content analysis of photos revealed three categories - apartment, neighborhood and people. Two narrative themes - having my own and civic identity - were mapped onto the apartment and neighborhood categories, respectively. Three additional cross-categorical narrative themes were identified: (re)negotiating relationships and boundaries, moving beyond old identities and future possibilities. Housing was central across themes. Understanding of recovery is enhanced when viewed through participant-controlled visual methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-117
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Volume33
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Mental health recovery and complex needs
  • Narrative identity reconstruction
  • Person-environment interaction
  • Photo-elicitation interviews
  • Space and place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Rebuilding lives and identities : The role of place in recovery among persons with complex needs. / Tran Smith, Bikki; Padgett, Deborah K.; Choy-Brown, Mimi; Henwood, Benjamin F.

In: Health and Place, Vol. 33, 01.05.2015, p. 109-117.

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Tran Smith, Bikki ; Padgett, Deborah K. ; Choy-Brown, Mimi ; Henwood, Benjamin F. / Rebuilding lives and identities : The role of place in recovery among persons with complex needs. In: Health and Place. 2015 ; Vol. 33. pp. 109-117.
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