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"I try and make my cell a positive place": Tactics for mitigating risks to health and wellbeing in a young offender institution

Mehay, A; Meek, R; Ogden, J; (2019) "I try and make my cell a positive place": Tactics for mitigating risks to health and wellbeing in a young offender institution. Health & Place , 57 pp. 54-60. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.03.012.

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Abstract

Prisons provide an important public health opportunity to improve the health of a hard-to-reach population. However, the prison as a place for health promotion requires greater attention. Using De Certeau's concept of tactics, semi-structured interviews with 35 young men who had screened as low on an anxiety and depression scale, illustrate how they stitch together discrete tactics to navigate the prison system and mitigate the risks to their health and wellbeing. These involve a process of being vigilant to the cracks in the system whilst appropriating objects and seeking out spaces of comfort. Understanding imprisonment in this nuanced approach provides greater insights into the interplay of health and place with the potential to inform context-relevant practice and policy.

Type: Article
Title: "I try and make my cell a positive place": Tactics for mitigating risks to health and wellbeing in a young offender institution
Location: England
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.03.012
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.03.012
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: prison health, young adulthood, healthy prison, tactics, de Certeau, health promotion
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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 Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072987
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