Aim: The study aimed to inquire place attachment bonds in a sample of psychiatric patient hosted in Residential Mental Health Facilities of Palermo. Satisfaction for current accommodation in the Facility, reasons for place preference and housing perspectives were explored. Methods: A questionnaire consisting in 31 open questions was administered to 39 subjects living in three Residential Mental Health Facilities of Health Department of Palermo. Results: Own room and terraces with plats are the patients' favourite places in the Facilities. During the first month of stay, these places satisfy need for retirement and distraction, while in the following period they become spaces where meet people and join interests and activities. Among places associated with negative emotions, corridors, stairs, infirmary and toilet were reported. Also places and furniture coming from the previous Psychiatric Hospital (windows with grating, long corridors, gates) are source of anxiety. About half of the subjects are satisfied by their accommodation in a multiple room with 2 or 3 people, while others would prefer either a single room or different room-mate. The majority of the patients wish they come back to their family's house, or their district, either for restoring familiar and affective bonds, or for experiencing new working and social roles. Furthermore, many of them long for a life with other people. Conclusions: A good relationship with place of care is a relevant aspect of psychiatric residential program. Place attachments change during the time, suggesting also transformations of self-concept and interpersonal relationship. Residential Mental Health Facility could be represented as “transitory accommodation” that hold patients' need and difficulties, letting people plan a possible future.
|Numero di pagine||10|
|Rivista||PSICHIATRIA DI COMUNITA'|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2011|