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  • 1. Bengtsson Tops, Anita
    et al.
    Ericsson, Ulf
    Ehliasson, Kent
    Kristianstad University.
    Living in supportive housing for people with serious mental illness: a paradoxical everyday life2014In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 23, no 5, p. 409-418Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the closure of large psychiatric institutions, various types of community-based supportive housing for people with serious mental illness (SMI) have been developed. There is currently limited knowledge about users’ experiences of living in supportive housing. The aim of the present study was to describe user experiences of living in supportive housing for people with SMI. Twenty-nine people living in such facilities participated in open, qualitative interviews. Data were subjected to latent content analysis. Three main themes emerged from this analysis: (i) having a nest, which included the subthemes of a place to rest and having someone to attach to; (ii) being part of a group, with the subthemes of being brought together and a community spirit; and (iii) leading an oppressive life, including the subthemes of questioning one’s identity, sense of inequality, and a life of gloom. It could be concluded that user experiences of living in supportive housing are complex and paradoxical. In order to provide supportive housing, staff need to recognize and work within social group processes, and perform continual and structural evaluations of users’ social and emotional needs.

  • 2.
    Ewertzon, Mats
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Lützen, Kim
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Svensson, E
    Andershed, B
    Developing the concept of family involvement and alienation questionnaire in the context of psychiatric care2008In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 17, no 6, p. 439-49Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3. Högberg, Torbjörn
    et al.
    Magnusson, Annabella
    Ewertzon, Mats
    Lützén, Kim
    Attitudes towards mental illness in Sweden: Adaptation and development of the Community Attitudes towards Mental Illness questionnaire2008In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 17, no 5, p. 302-310Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 4.
    Salzmann-Erikson, Martin
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Lützén, Kim
    Ivarsson, Ann-Britt
    Eriksson, Henrik
    The core characteristics and nursing care activities in psychiatric intensive care units in Sweden2008In: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1445-8330, E-ISSN 1447-0349, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 98-107Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Internationally, research on psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) commonly reports results from demographic studies such as criteria for admission, need for involuntary treatment, and the occurrence of violent behaviour. A few international studies describe the caring aspect of the PICUs based specifically on caregivers’ experiences. The concept of PICU in Sweden is not clearly defined. The aim of this study is to describe the core characteristics of a PICU in Sweden and to describe the care activities provided for patients admitted to the PICUs. Critical incident technique was used as the research method. Eighteen caregivers at a PICU participated in the study by completing a semistructured questionnaire. In-depth interviews with three nurses and two assistant nurses also constitute the data. An analysis of the content identified four categories that characterize the core of PICU: the dramatic admission, protests and refusal of treatment, escalating behaviours, and temporarily coercive measure. Care activities for PICUs were also analysed and identified as controlling – establishing boundaries, protecting – warding off, supporting – giving intensive assistance, and structuring the environment. Finally, the discussion put focus on determining the intensive aspect of psychiatric care which has not been done in a Swedish perspective before. PICUs were interpreted as a level of care as it is composed by limited structures and closeness in care.

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