Designing environments for recovery

Golembiewski, Jan A. (2014) Designing environments for recovery. Focus : Fellowship of Consumers and Carers Understanding Schizophrenia, 30(5), p. 13.


There’s growing evidence that psychosis is linked to the physical environments that we live in. Good environments are the ones that allow people to step back, relax and feel secure, while engaging in interesting and meaningful activity. Bad environments don’t allow respite: they keep people on their toes and somehow magnify meaninglessness and hollow rules and unreasonable demands. They may also be bleak and even unfair or outright scary. But don’t expect everyone to notice the bad environments: recent studies demonstrate that patients with psychosis are far more likely to notice even subtle negative features in the environment than people without symptoms. The same patients are also less likely to notice the good things an environment has to offer – but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be provided.

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ID Code: 84769
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1038-1988
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2015 23:53
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 23:14

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