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Designing for care, employing ethnographic design methods at special care homes for young offenders. A pilot study.

Conference contribution
Authors Franz James
Sepideh Olausson
Published in Design4Health, Melbourne
Publication year 2017
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Language en
Keywords Sketch and Talk, Photovoice, ethnographic design methods, qualitative methods, carceral design
Subject categories Design


The aim of this paper is to present a pilot study conducted at a special residential home for children/adolescents with psychosocial problems, substance abuse and/or criminal behavior. These homes are run by the Swedish National Board of Institutional Care (SiS), providing individual compulsory care. The goal of the pilot study is to investigate what methodologies and methods are suitable for the targeted group on one hand, on the other hand, to get a better understanding of the physical environment’s impact on children/adolescents’ wellbeing and rehabilitation, as well as how the physical environment can support staff’s ability to provide care and treatment. This pilot is a part of a research project at the University of Gothenburg, which aims to investigating the meaning of the physical environment at these homes.

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