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

Journal article
Authors Franz James
Sepideh Olausson
Published in Design for Health
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 127-141
ISSN 2473-5132
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Design and Crafts
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 127-141
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1080/24735132.20...
Keywords Design and health, sketch and talk, photo-voice, ethnographic methods, qualitative methods
Subject categories Design

Abstract

This visual essay describes a pilot study aimed at evaluating the methods ‘Sketch and Talk’ and photo-voice in researching the impact of the physical environment in special residential homes in Sweden. The homes provide compulsory care for young persons with psychosocial problems, criminality or drug abuse. The field of research on the physical environment's impact focuses mainly on security and risk factors; little is known about the lived experience of young incarcerated persons. Visual and written data was collected at a home for young men (16–21), and analysed through a phenomenological approach outlined by van Manen and Ahmed. In this article, we present Lived Space as a main theme with three sub-themes that emerged from critical reading of the young men's narratives: Being elsewhere; Being punished and Being disempowered. The methods proved to be suitable, however, due to challenges related to the context and the young men's specific life situations, modifications were necessary.

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