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"Living here has changed me": Resident and staff perceptions of Psychologically Informed Environments for homeless people

Phipps, CMJ; (2016) "Living here has changed me": Resident and staff perceptions of Psychologically Informed Environments for homeless people. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Homeless people have often had significant early adverse experiences and are at risk of consequent mental health difficulties. This thesis examines psychological interventions designed for meeting the needs of this group. Part 1 is a literature review of the outcomes of psychological interventions for homeless people with mental health problems. Twenty studies met the inclusion criteria. Interventions were grouped into four types: traditional psychological interventions, supported housing with a talking-based component, therapeutic communities and peer support interventions. Design quality was variable. All studies reported positive outcomes on at least one measure. However, the variability in outcomes and rationales for intervention suggest that there is scarce evidence about which models are appropriate to the needs of homeless people and that there is a lack of agreement about how to measure success.Part 2 is a qualitative study exploring the experiences of living and working in a 'Psychologically Informed Environment' (PIE), a new model of hostel provision which aims to meet the psychological and emotional needs of homeless people. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with residents, staff and therapists in two PIE hostels. Interview transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis and 18 themes were organised into five domains: what makes a home, resident needs, managing relationships, reflective practice and theory vs practice of PIEs. Part 3 is a critical reflection on carrying out the research. Methodological issues and choices made in the design of the study are discussed. Limitations arising from these choices and future directions for research are then considered followed by reflection on the role of the psychologist in relation to PIEs.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: "Living here has changed me": Resident and staff perceptions of Psychologically Informed Environments for homeless people
Event: University College London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1519858
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