The Lived Experience of People with Mental Health and Substance Misuse Problems: Dimensions of Belonging

Blank, Alison; Finlay, L. and Prior, S. (2016) The Lived Experience of People with Mental Health and Substance Misuse Problems: Dimensions of Belonging.

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Official URL: 10.1177/0308022615627175

Abstract

Introduction: People with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse problems are among the most excluded in society. A need to feel connected to others has been articulated in the occupational science literature although the concept of belonging itself has not been extensively explored within this paradigm. This paper reports findings from research that explored the meaning and experience of belonging for four people living with dual diagnosis in the United Kingdom. Method: Researchers employed an interpretative phenomenological approach to the study. Four semi-structured interviews were carried out. The interviews were guided by questions around the meaning of belonging, barriers to belonging and how belonging and not belonging impacted on participants’ lives. Data analysis facilitated the identification of themes across individual accounts and enabled comparisons. Findings: Data analysis identified four themes – belonging in family, belonging in place, embodied understandings of belonging and barriers to belonging. Conclusion: The findings add further insights into the mutable nature of belonging. A link between sense of belonging and attachment theory has been proposed, along with a way to understand the changeable and dependent nature of belonging through ‘dimensions of belonging’.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: BF Psychology
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:16
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 04:25
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/13949

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