Promoting the Sense of Self, Place, and Belonging in Displaced Persons: The Example of Homelessness

Lisa M. Vandemark

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Abstract

This article discusses the psychosocial impact of displacement using homelessness as an illustrative example of displacement. This article draws on the geography literature concerning the sense of space and place and on social theories of self-identity and belonging, notably Anthony Giddens' structuration theory. The impact of displacement is an important dimension of homelessness because it influences social and functional abilities that are relevant to reentry into homes and society. This article explains the relevance of these considerations in the care of displaced persons and emphasizes the role of place in determining identity and self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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